The ubiquity of increasingly high-powered mobile devices has already spawned the Internet’s first generation of location-based services and applications. As the accuracy of location data improves and the expense of calculating and obtaining it declines, location may well come to pervade the online experience. While the increasing availability of location information paves the way for exciting new applications and services, the increasingly easy availability of location information raises several different kinds of privacy concerns. Ensuring that location information is transmitted and accessed in a privacy-protective way is essential to the future success of location-based applications and services.
CDT has taken a lead in raising awareness about, and promoting solutions for, the privacy concerns implicated by a location-enabled Internet, testifying before Congress on the topic and working within the IETF and proposing protocols for binding digital location information and granular privacy rules that govern that information.