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The Regulatory Considerations and Ethical Dilemmas of Location-Based Services (LBS): A Literature Review
Information Technology & People (2014)
  • Roba Abbas, University of Wollongong
  • Katina Michael, University of Wollongong
  • M.G. Michael, University of Wollongong

Purpose – To comprehensively review existing literature regarding the ethical dilemmas posed by location-based services (LBS) and their impact upon the adoption of a regulatory framework.

Approach – This paper employs a qualitative approach for reviewing LBS scholarship, in which existing knowledge is presented in narrative form and is critiqued thematically.

Findings – In reviewing contemporary scholarship, the value of technical, social and environmental considerations is demonstrated. This encourages an understanding of the complexities, multiple interests and contextual factors that must be incorporated into the examination of LBS regulation in any social context.

Practical/social implications – Approximately 85% of handsets now have a global positioning system chipset on board. Location-based services affect a great number of mobile users. This research will create awareness among users of the potential benefits and harms that can come from the (mis)use of the technology. It will also promote an awareness of the complexities surrounding LBS regulation, drawing attention to the importance of collaboration and involvement of LBS stakeholders in the regulatory process.

Originality/value – Defines the ethical dilemmas of LBS that influence regulatory choices through a review of applicable literature and proposes that future research simultaneously address technical, social and environmental factors relevant to LBS.

  • LBS,
  • Location-Based Services,
  • Literature Review,
  • Legal aspects of IT,
  • Ethics,
  • Regulation,
  • Deregulation
Publication Date
February 5, 2014
Publisher Statement
DOI: 10.1108/ITP-12-2012-0156
Citation Information
Roba Abbas, Katina Michael and M.G. Michael. "The Regulatory Considerations and Ethical Dilemmas of Location-Based Services (LBS): A Literature Review" Information Technology & People Vol. 27 Iss. 1 (2014)
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