Saturday, August 28, 2010

Location services pose huge security risks

Interesting article in USA Today regarding this topic. What interested me about the article was the two real-life stories associated with the story:
Sylvia was dining out with a friend. The restaurant manager interrupted her dinner to tell her she had a phone call. It was from a complete stranger who tracked her online. He had described her to the manager.
Louise was at a bar with colleagues. A stranger began talking to her. He knew a lot about her personal interests. Then, he pulled out his phone and showed her a photo. It was a picture of Louise that he found online.
Both of these stories are true. And they're very unnerving. There is also a common thread. The women were tracked by something known as "geotagging."
Kim Cameron and others have been blogging about the privacy of location information – especially in light of the revelations about the Google street view service. This article brings to Earth exactly what the ramifications of the abuse of this information can lead to.

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1 comment:

Rakkhi said...

Not really sure your statement: Kim Cameron and others have been blogging about the privacy of location information is really accurate in this context: Kim is talking about Google street view and updates the iPhone privacy policy regarding tracking of the iPhone GPS data.

It has very little relavance to social location services such as Foursquare, Gowalla or Facebook places.

I look forward to a post from Kim actually on this issue, until then here is a bit more balanced discussion: http://bit.ly/cMFTAE