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Roger Clarke's 'PLT Characteristics'

Relevant Characteristics of Person-Location and Person-Tracking Technologies

Roger Clarke

Principal, Xamax Consultancy Pty Ltd, Canberra

Visiting Fellow, Department of Computer Science, Australian National University

Version of 30 October 1999

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This document is an Appendix to the author's paper on Person-Location and Person-Tracking, published in Information Technology and People.

This Appendix presents a tentative analysis of the characteristics of person-location and person-tracking technologies that influence their degree of privacy-intrusiveness.

Measurements of location are frequently generated when a transaction occurs. A transaction is a representation in data of a relevant real-world event. The data is captured into a record, which is stored in a database, which is operated by one or more organisations, and used by, disseminated to, and accessed by, one or more organisations or individuals.

Records vary in relation to:

Additional factors that determine the privacy-invasiveness of location and tracking activities include the following:

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