European Data Protection Digest

Is Privacy the Loser in Location Games?

GEO PRIVACY—UK

April 9, 2010

While fans of location-based social networking games and geotagging might enjoy the activities, others are raising concerns about what such technologies mean for the future of privacy. While people "check in" through their social networking sites to broadcast their locations, visit geotagged sites and play location-based games like Foursquare and Gowalla, some social media experts are suggesting there might be something Orwellian in all this. The Guardian reports that "as these tools become more mainstream, users must be aware, for example, of the risks of burglary, when they broadcast their location away from home." Once it is clear how to address privacy concerns with such games and services, the report states, "then the fun can begin."  
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