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How Paranoid Are You?: Issues in Location Information of Ambient Systems

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Leonardus Arief, Dr Joey Coleman, Dr David Greathead



The prevalence of location-informing devices such as smart phones brings a lot of benefits, such as the ability to find the right services nearby. Nonetheless, there are also concerns that such devices might infringe our privacy and breach security. This paper discusses both viewpoints by outlining how location information might be obtained, what the location information can be used for, as well as the issues and problems that might be faced when location information becomes available too readily or in too much detail. We illustrate these with a case study using an iPhone application that we developed, which allows users to track the last known location of their “contacts” (such as friends or family), and to specify the granularity level of the information they are willing to share with each of their contacts in return.

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Author(s): Arief B, Coleman J, Greathead D

Publication type: Report

Publication status: Published

Series Title: School of Computing Science Technical Report Series

Year: 2010

Pages: 19

Print publication date: 01/10/2010

Source Publication Date: 1 October 2010

Report Number: 1219

Institution: Newcastle University

Place Published: Newcastle upon Tyne