Reply by Ronald Leenes (UvT-TILT): Mind My Step?

TILT Law & Technology Working Paper Series No. 011/2009

Tilburg University Legal Studies Working Paper No. 007/2009

7 Pages Posted: 22 Apr 2009 Last revised: 15 Jul 2010

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Ronald E. Leenes

Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society; Tilburg Law School; Tilburg University

Date Written: April 17, 2009

Abstract

Lothar Fritsch's contribution addresses the powerful inferences that can be made by combining the location of mobiles phones with data from GIS systems and data mining techniques. Indeed, the combination of such data offers a rich picture of mobile phone users and their behaviour. Why and when should we worry, and how does it relate to location-based services (LBS)? In this reply a distinction is made between profile data triggered by location data on the one hand and by profiles constructed on the basis of location data, what is called location-based profiling, on the other. Location-based profiling by mobile operators is not likely to happen because of the computational complexity and limited added value in comparison to normal LBS. The state is a more likely user of detailed rich profiles because it claims to need more and more data on its subjects in order to fight terrorism and crime.

Keywords: Location, privacy, mobility, profiling, GIS, location-based services, location-based profiling

JEL Classification: K32, K40

Suggested Citation

Leenes, Ronald E., Reply by Ronald Leenes (UvT-TILT): Mind My Step? (April 17, 2009). TILT Law & Technology Working Paper Series No. 011/2009; Tilburg University Legal Studies Working Paper No. 007/2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1393182 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1393182

Ronald E. Leenes (Contact Author)

Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society

NL-5000 LE Tilburg
Netherlands

Tilburg Law School ( email )

Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands

Tilburg University ( email )

P.O. Box 90153
Tilburg, DC 5000 LE
Netherlands

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