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Location Based Privacy, Protection, Safety and Security
Privacy in a Digital, Networked World: Technologies, Implications and Solutions (2014)
  • Roba Abbas, University of Wollongong
  • Katina Michael, University of Wollongong
  • M.G. Michael, University of Wollongong

Privacy is often expressed as the most intricate issue facing Location Based Services (LBS) adoption and usage. This is due to numerous factors such as the significance of the term in relation to human rights. This signifies, according to a report by the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC), that “privacy protection generally should take precedence over a range of other countervailing interests, such as cost and convenience” (ALRC 2008, p. 104). The intricate nature of privacy is also a result of the challenges associated with accurately defining the term (Bennett and Grant 1999, p. 4; Raab 1999, p. 68). That is, privacy is a difficult concept to articulate (Nissenbaum 2010, p. 13), as the term is liberally and subjectively applied, and the boundaries constituting privacy protection are unclear. Additionally, privacy literature is dense, and contains varying interpretations, theories and discrepancies as to what constitutes privacy. However, as maintained by Nissenbaum (2010, p. 67), “[o]ne point on which there seems to be near-unanimous agreement is that privacy is a messy and complex subject.” Nonetheless, as asserted by Warren and Brandeis (1890, p. 196), privacy is fundamental to the individual due to various factors: “The intensity and complexity of life, attendant upon advancing civilization, have rendered necessary some retreat from the world, and man, under the refining influence of culture, has become more sensitive to publicity, so that solitude and privacy have become more essential to the individual...”

  • location,
  • privacy,
  • solutions,
  • safety,
  • emergency,
  • LBS,
  • GPS,
  • global positioning systems,
  • rights,
  • human rights
Publication Date
September 20, 2014
Sherali Zeadally
Citation Information
Roba Abbas, Katina Michael and M.G. Michael. "Location Based Privacy, Protection, Safety and Security" LondonPrivacy in a Digital, Networked World: Technologies, Implications and Solutions (2014)
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