Location-Based Services: Time for a Privacy Check-In

ACLU of Northern California, 2010

27 Pages Posted: 31 Dec 2010

See all articles by Nicole Ozer

Nicole Ozer

ACLU of Northern California

Chris Conley

ACLU of Northern California

David Hari O'Connell

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Tamar R. Gubins

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Ellen Ginsburg

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: November 29, 2010

Abstract

Need to get directions when you are lost? Want to know if your friends are in the neighborhood? Location-based services – applications and websites that provide services based on your current location – can put this information and more in the palm of your hand.

But outdated privacy laws and varying corporate practices could mean that sensitive information about who you are, where you go, what you do, and who you know end up being shared, sold, or turned over to the government.

Can location-based services protect your privacy? Do they? And what can we do to improve the situation?

Location-Based Services: Time for a Privacy Check-in is our new guide outlining privacy considerations for location-based services, including a side-by-side comparison of the privacy practices of several popular products. The guide highlights opportunities for consumers, businesses, and policymakers to work together to update and enhance privacy protections so that you are not forced to choose between using LBS and keeping control of your private information.

Keywords: Location-Based Services, Privacy, Technology, ACLU of Northern California, dotRights, FourSquare, Gowalla, Yelp, Google Maps

JEL Classification: K00

Suggested Citation

Ozer, Nicole and Conley, Chris and O'Connell, David Hari and Gubins, Tamar R. and Ginsburg, Ellen, Location-Based Services: Time for a Privacy Check-In (November 29, 2010). ACLU of Northern California, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1732269 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1732269

Nicole Ozer (Contact Author)

ACLU of Northern California ( email )

39 Drumm Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.aclunc.org/tech

Chris Conley

ACLU of Northern California ( email )

39 Drumm Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.dotrights@aclunc.org

David Hari O'Connell

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Tamar R. Gubins

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Ellen Ginsburg

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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