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Mobile location services - dead reckoning or dead duck? If it quacks and waddles, the answer should be pretty clear, but using mobile technologies to determine a user's location and then provide services based around the location has been touted as a mobile revenue generator for a while. [via Impartial News Analysis]


Anonymous said…
The notorious Soham murders case showed that these simple GSM Cell Location can easily be very innaccurate. If it had been used to track the last location of the murdered child's phone, on the night of her disappearance, it would have led the search parties over 8 Km (5 miles) away from her actual location.

There are huge privacy and security issues with Location Based Services, mostly offered by third party companies, not the Mobile Network Operators themselves, who seem to be content to rake in revenue from even failed or incompleted Location Requests.

The record of even those services specifically aimed at tracking vulnerable people such as children or elderly relatives with Alzheimers disease is poor. These problems will remain even if more accurate location technology such as smart antennas etc. are used.


The plans by the Home Secretary to use this sort of technology, even in combination with Global Satellite Poisitioning for enforcing electronically tagged "no go" zones for devious and highly motivated sex offenders, are very risky.

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