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Last sunday, journalists from The Correspondent revealed that it was trivially easy to find the names and addresses of military and intelligence service personnel that use Polar, a popular runners wearable and fitness app. All runs (even private ones) made by owners of a Polar fitness device are stored on a central server, and can be viewed on a map. Even though the user interface restricted access to only public runs, bypassing the user interface and entering URLs manually allowed them to extract all runs made by anyone since 2014. Polar switched off access to the map recently to prevent further abuse of this. What can we learn from this incident?
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During a recent presentation in our Privacy Seminar I realised there are actually two types of location privacy. And both are relevant for location based services and when thinking about the risk of portable devices and the Internet of Things.

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(Updated 22-7-2010 om recht te zetten dat Google, in tegenstelling tot wat in het originele artikel stond, niet de MAC addressen van andere mobiele apparaten verzamelt.)

Locatie gebaseerde diensten passen zich aan aan de lokatie waar je je bevindt. Je vindt zo snel een restaurant naar keuze bij jou in de buurt, of weet waar je vrienden zich op dit moment bevinden. Veel van die diensten draaien op mobiele telefoons, of op tablets zoals de iPad. Om zo’n dienst te gebruiken moet je echter wel je huidige locatie te weten. Daarvoor zijn een aantal mogelijkheden.

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