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Re: PING - please volunteer - Ambient Light Events

From: David Singer <singer@apple.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2012 09:34:06 -0800
Message-id: <56ACFDFB-80D7-41C2-8D7C-F0A9E07675CD@apple.com>
To: "public-privacy@w3.org Privacy" <public-privacy@w3.org>

On Dec 21, 2012, at 7:30 , Karl Dubost <karld@opera.com> wrote:

> 
> Le 20 déc. 2012 à 18:53, <Ian.Oliver@nokia.com> <Ian.Oliver@nokia.com> a écrit :
>> This particular spec/API in the form here has no privacy aspects at all. If there are then it will be buried down in the infrastructure supporting such an API/Spec and thus be out of scope and highly context dependent.
> 
> In most circumstances, the technology is neutral because its goal is to propagate a message. HTTP logs are not privacy invasive, but their records on a long term might become privacy invasive.
> 
> The strategy is then becoming a question such as
> 
> * may I access to the information I created?
> * may I record it myself (locally)?
> * am I able to have actions on this personal record?
> * may I block partly or totally the record of the information?
>  (think about geolocation API)
> * may I fake it?
>  (think about fuzzy geolocation or voluntary fake location)
> 
> In the case of Ambient events, the first privacy issue we could raise, does the API provide a mechanism (messaging channel) to block and/or modify the information at the user level.


I like this line of questions;  here are some more…

1) Is the data personally-derived, i.e. derived from the interaction of a single person, or their device or address?  [If so, even if anonymous, it might be re-correlated]
2) Does the data record contain elements that would enable such re-correlation?  [examples include an IP address, and so on]
3) What other data could this record be correlated with? [e.g. the ISP]
4) If you had large amounts of this data about one person, what conclusions would it enable you to draw? [e.g. maybe you could estimate location from many ambient light events by estimating latitude and longitude from the times of sunrise and sunset]


David Singer
Multimedia and Software Standards, Apple Inc.
Received on Friday, 21 December 2012 17:34:37 GMT

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