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Location and Tracking of Mobile Devices - A seminar from ILAWS Seminar

Interdisciplinary Centre for Law, Internet and Culture (iCLIC)
Roger Clarke
27 January 2014
Building 4 Room 4003

For more information regarding this seminar, please email Dr Sophie Stalla-Bourdillon at .

Event details

Mobile cellular and wireless data networks are providing capabilities that are much-appreciated by users. Location-awareness has been added, exploiting features inherent to network management, through self-reporting by applications running in smartphones that are equipped with onboard global positioning system (GPS) chipsets, and using some further techniques. This benefits users, but also provides a wealth of highly-sensitive data about every device-user.

This presentation identifies the threats involved in the location and tracking of people, by government agencies, by corporations, and by other individuals. It considers natural controls that may keep abuses within bounds, the extent to which existing regulatory arrangements are adequate, and what measures may be needed to protect against the threats to personal safety  and behavioural and experiential privacy.

Primary Reference
Michael K. & Clarke R. (2013) 'Location and Tracking of Mobile Devices: Überveillance Stalks the Streets' Computer Law & Security Review 29, 3 (June 2013) 216-228, PrePrint at

Speaker information

Roger Clarke , Xamax Consultancy Pty Limited, Canberra. Roger Clarke is also a Visiting Professor in the Cyberspace Law & Policy Centre at the University of N.S.W., and a Visiting Professor in the Research School of Computer Science at the Australian National University. He is currently Chair of the Australian Privacy Foundation (APF), an Advisory Board member of Privacy International (PI), and Secretary of the Internet Society of Australia (ISOC-AU).

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