Location-Sharing Technologies: Privacy Risks and Controls

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Provided by: Carnegie Mellon University
Topic: Mobility
Format: PDF
"Due to the ability of cell phone providers to use cell phone towers to pinpoint users' locations, federal E911 requirements, the increasing popularity of GPS-capabilities in cellular phones, and the rise of cellular phones for Internet use, a plethora of new applications have been developed that share users' real-time location information online. In this paper, the authors evaluate users' risk and benefit perceptions related to the use of these technologies and the privacy controls of existing location-sharing applications."
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