Biggest challenge Location Based Services are facing today

With the technical challenges more or less resolved, I think the biggest challenge for LBS is user acceptance owing to privacy and security issues.

Location based services face distrust by users owing to the loss of personal freedom and control over the technology e.g. intrusive advertising, commercial pressure, loss of autonomy, etc. It is crucial for the service provider to maintain a level of trust with users by acting transparently with regards to personal privacy translating into strict application of a code of ethics on the service use combined with clear and simple information for consumers on the usages that could be made of their location data/ensure consumers have the means of controlling what they can and cannot do i.e. right not to be located, not to be disconnected, choose who will have access to his data, etc.

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About Sachendra Yadav

Mobilist and Social Media enthusiast
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2 Responses to Biggest challenge Location Based Services are facing today

  1. Phil Barrett says:

    Privacy issues can be adequately addressed if LBS takes an opt-in / permission first approach

    I believe LBS is the key to making mobile the first mass medium to truly deliver on the 1:1 promise of customer marketing.

  2. helloworldbea says:

    I think it works in reverse — the people using the service will be the ones providing the advertising of establishments to other people. Like — where people “check-in” constantly to let their friends know where they are hanging out.

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