Geolocation and locational privacy: The "Inside " story on geospatial tracking

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Radio frequency identification (RFID) and global positioning system (GPS) technologies are complementary strategies for determining a subject's instantaneous location. Whereas RFID tracking requires readers positioned at appropriate choke points in a circulation network, GPS allows continuous tracking, especially if linked in real time to the wireless telephone system. But because of signal attenuation in buildings and multipath-corrupted signals in urban canyons, GPS does not guarantee reliable, uninterrupted tracking. Privacy issues raised by GPS tracking and its amalgamation with RFID include the retention period, the ownership of an individual's locational history, and a "locate-me" button that would extend "opt-in" protection to cellular-telephone users. Potential for abuse heightens concern about locational privacy as a basic right.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPrivacy and Technologies of Identity
Subtitle of host publicationA Cross-Disciplinary Conversation
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media, LLC
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)0387260501, 9780387260501
StatePublished - 2006
EventSymposium on Privacy and Identity: The Promise and Perils of a Technological Age, CIPLIT 2004 - Chicago, IL, United States
Duration: Oct 14 2004Oct 15 2004

Publication series

NamePrivacy and Technologies of Identity: A Cross-Disciplinary Conversation


OtherSymposium on Privacy and Identity: The Promise and Perils of a Technological Age, CIPLIT 2004
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityChicago, IL


  • Geolocation
  • Global positioning system (GPS)
  • Indoor GPS
  • Locational privacy
  • RFID
  • Satellite surveillance
  • Tracking technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)


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