Reply by Ronald Leenes (UvT-TILT): Mind My Step?
TILT Law & Technology Working Paper Series No. 011/2009
7 Pages Posted: 22 Apr 2009 Last revised: 15 Jul 2010
Date Written: April 17, 2009
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
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