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NYT article on location and privacy

From: Erik Wilde <dret@berkeley.edu>
Date: Wed, 11 Mar 2009 10:08:04 -0700
Message-ID: <49B7EFF4.2040404@berkeley.edu>
To: "public-geolocation@w3.org" <public-geolocation@w3.org>
hello.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/11/business/media/11target.html

might be something of interest for this activity. generally, awareness 
about privacy issues is something that will grow, in particular with the 
growth of mobile users and location-based services, and with the 
tremendous value of having access to the location data of users. while 
the average U.S. attitude may be that of the man quoted in the article 
("i didn't know they're doing it, but i'm not surprised."), it also is 
important to realize that this is a U.S. centric attitude; privacy 
historically is not regarded as essential as it is for example in 
europe. europe may actually outlaw some of the more excessive forms of 
data collection and mining. google's street view problems in europe are 
an interesting example for that.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Street_View#Privacy_issues

cheers,

dret.
Received on Wednesday, 11 March 2009 17:08:49 UTC

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