Is privacy still an issue in the era of big data? - Location disclosure in spatial footprints

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Abstract

Geospatial data that were once difficult to obtain are now readily available to the public with the development of geospatial technologies. The ubiquitous use of social networking and location-based services enables easy sharing of personal stories among many people. With or without awareness of location disclosure, some users reveal a considerable amount of geopersonal information to the general public. Privacy issues have been raised again in the GIScience community. This study shows that home and work places may be inferred from georeferenced tweets of heavy Twitter users. Is privacy still an issue in the era of big data when people freely share blogs, photos, videos, and spatial footprints over the Internet? Or do people willingly decide to give out location information in order to gain benefits from the disclosure? After a discussion on possible reasons for people to share spatial footprints, this paper invites more research on perception of geoprivacy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2013 21st International Conference on Geoinformatics, Geoinformatics 2013
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event2013 21st International Conference on Geoinformatics, Geoinformatics 2013 - Kai Feng, China
Duration: Jun 20 2013Jun 22 2013

Other

Other2013 21st International Conference on Geoinformatics, Geoinformatics 2013
CountryChina
CityKai Feng
Period6/20/136/22/13

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Keywords

  • Twitter
  • geoprivacy
  • georeference
  • location
  • location-based services
  • privacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Information Systems
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Li, L., & Goodchild, M. F. (2013). Is privacy still an issue in the era of big data? - Location disclosure in spatial footprints. In Proceedings - 2013 21st International Conference on Geoinformatics, Geoinformatics 2013 [6626191] https://doi.org/10.1109/Geoinformatics.2013.6626191