We can’t stop the cascade of new location-based digital services. Nor would we want to — the benefits they offer are impressive. What urgently needs to change is that these systems need to be built with privacy as part of their original design. We can’t afford to have pervasive surveillance technology built into our electronic civic infrastructure by accident. We have the opportunity now to ensure that these dangers are averted.
Authors Andrew Blumberg of Stanford and EFF’s Peter Eckersley make specific suggestions on how to do this, without giving up the benefits widespread sensing will bring. Great to see EFF stepping up on sensing! —Chris Peterson