Geolocation and Privacy

March 5, 2019

An Article Written by Trainee Anas Alsuhaibani From Al-Imam Muhammad Saud Islamic University about Geolocation and Privacy.

Geolocation and Privacy.

 

 

Geolocation remains one of the most powerful technologies of our time but has huge concerns for personal privacy. though, geolocation is everywhere and have many benefits for modern society to the use of geolocation technology. To resolve this debate, this article will discuss the nature of geolocation, its use by companies and corporations, its implications for personal privacy, and possible solutions to better manage the negative impacts of geolocation on privacy.

 

First, geolocation refers to the use of software, systems, and technology to accurately and autonomously profile and identify an individual's geographic location. Geolocation is used by technology companies and provides a user's location, and then to link events to a related user.

 

For example, GPS location providers such as Google can pinpoint a user's location and serve it to the user on application platforms such as Google Maps. Third-party applications such as transport providers (Uber, Kareem), food delivery and recommendation services (Uber eat, carriage, hanger station), and online e-commerce applications (Amazon, eBay, souq) are then able to leverage such location data through application programming interface (API) integrations to serve users with the appropriate service.

 

Companies who provide geolocation services typically use techniques such as GPS, cell site location and triangulation to locate their user targets. Companies as diverse as Foursquare, have also used geolocation to construct geographically proximate social networks and geolocation driven recommendation engines.

 

yet, geolocation poses serious issues to privacy. Foremost, geolocation can put people and communities at risk. For example, geolocation service providers can be involved in revealing sensitive military installations or vulnerable targets such as schools or hospitals on their public geolocation platform, especially if the data is leaked.  Such data could be misused by malicious actors such as hackers and terrorists to perform harmful activities on unsuspecting geolocated users.

 

Another key method of violation of privacy by geolocation service providers is the selling of geolocation user data to third-party advertisers and companies, who can use the geolocation data in many purposes such as precision marketing to the household level. Geolocation data, if unsecured, can also be targeted and hacked by malware. Finally.

 

Geolocation is indeed useful in a variety of ways the critical issue is to perform more regulation on the responsible use of geolocation data, besides the implementation of further powerful privacy controls and more user awareness.

 

These policies form the foundational elements of recent digital privacy legislation such as the GDPR and continue to establish a solid framework on which personal privacy can be protected in an age of public geolocation.

 

Governments around the world are continuing to push the law to safeguard privacy, such as that of the United States' Senate Geolocation Privacy and Surveillance Act. These legislative moves will need to speed up to keep up with the growing use of geolocation.

 

In conclusion, geolocation is a critical cool that needs to be better regulated in order to safeguard personal privacy.

 

 

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