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Study: Social Networks Leaking Location Data

GEO PRIVACY

July 2, 2010

A study by the U.S.-based Worcester Polytechnic Institute has found that mobile social networks are sharing information about users' physical location data with tracking sites and other networking services, Computerworld reports. According to the study, all 20 sites reviewed by researchers leaked some kind of private information to third-party sites. "The combination of location information, unique identifiers of devices and traditional leakage of other personally identifiable information all conspire against protection of users' privacy," the study notes. Craig Wills, a co-author of the study, said the findings point to the need "for a comprehensive way to capture the entire gamut of privacy controls into a single, unified, simple, easy-to-understand framework."
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