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Privacy of Geolocation Implementations

From: Marcos Caceres <marcosc@opera.com>
Date: Mon, 05 Jul 2010 16:48:39 +0200
Message-ID: <4C31F0C7.4000005@opera.com>
To: public-geolocation@w3.org
Hi Geolocation WG,

I recently wrote a paper on the privacy of geolocation implementations 
[1] for the W3C Workshop on Privacy for Advanced Web APIs.

Although it does not directly comment on the specification, it 
critically evaluates the control and information available to end-users 
when location services are being used.

In the paper, I look at:

* Opera (labs build)
* Firefox 3.6
* Mobile Safari
* Chrome 6


As this is a fast moving area, the paper is already a bit out of date: 
For instance, Opera addressed most of the issues raised in the paper in 
the 10.6 release. And iOS4 added an indicator for geolocation. Also, 
during my analysis of Mobile Safari, I missed that there was a way to 
reset location based services for all applications.

Anyway, hopefully you will find the paper of some use.

Kind regards,

[1] http://www.w3.org/2010/api-privacy-ws/

Marcos Caceres
Opera Software
Received on Monday, 5 July 2010 14:49:16 UTC

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