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2 Eur. Data Prot. L. Rev. 312 (2016)
EU Law Perspectives on Location Data Privacy in Smartphones and Informed Consent for Transparency

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312 1 EU Law Perspectives on Location Data Privacy in Smartphones

EU Law Perspectives on Location Data Privacy

in Smartphones and Informed Consent for


        Shakila-Bu-Pasha, Anette Alen-Savikko, Jenna Meikinen, Robert Guinness and Peiivi

        Protection of privacy is currently a debated topic with regard to collecting and processing
        of location data via smartphones. This article seeks to discover whether meaningful protec-
        tion of privacy is fostered by default location settings and the practice of seeking users' per-
        mission by requiring approval of general terms and conditions, or if these instead cause
        users to unknowingly share location data. The article also asks whether such practices com-
        ply with human rights law and European Union (EU) data protection law. Moreover, the ar-
        ticle discusses whether it is feasible to adopt transparent, explicit and specific steps to se-
        cure user privacy at all levels of smartphone usage, and argues that users should enjoy some
        control over personal data associated with smartphone usage, including location, and that
        this control should be executed under a legal arrangement which also secures users' priva-
        cy and enables app developers' or operating system providers' lawful purposes with regard
        to processing location data.

I. Introduction

1. Topic Overview

Privacy is a critical concern in connection with smart
phone applications (apps) and use of mobile devices
in general around the world. Location privacy, in par
ticular, is under scrutiny since other private informa
tion can be derived from location related informa
tion. Location data privacy refers to the right not to
be subjected to unauthorised collection, retention,
use or distribution as well as processing of individ

   Shakila-Bu-Pasha, Doctoral Student, Faculty of Law, University of
   Helsinki; Anette Alen-Savikko, Post-doctoral Researcher in Copy-
   right Law, University of Helsinki; Jenna M1kinen, Doctoral Re-
   searcher, Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki; Robert Guinness,
   Senior Research Scientist, Finnish Geospatial Research Institute,
   National Land Survey of Finland; Piivi Korpisaari, Professor in
   Communication Law, University of Helsinki. For correspondence:
   <shakila.bu-pasha@helsinki.fi>. The work is supported by the
   MyGeoTrust Project running under Department of Navigation and
   Positioning, Finnish Geospatial Research Institute, National Land
   Survey of Finland.

1   Robert P Minch, 'Privacy Issues in Location-Aware Mobile Devices'
   (Proceedings of the 37th Hawaii International Conference on Sys-

ual or organisational location data.2 The concept of
location data privacy does not refer to hiding infor
mation    rather it safeguards one's present or past
location information from use for commercial or oth
er purposes without one's knowledge.3
   Many smartphone and other mobile device users
become reluctant to install mobile apps or uninstall
them after realizing that their personal data have
been revealed to others due to the installation of cer
tain apps.4 Furthermore, in many cases the mobile
operating system (OS) itself collects data which may
be considered personal data, and it may be impossi

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2   Location Forum, Location Data Privacy Guidelines, Assessments
   and Recommendations (Version 2, 1 May 2013), 7.
3   Location Forum, The Executive Guide to Location Data Privacy
   (The Elephant in the Conference Room, Version 1.0); Alastair R
   Beresford and Frank Stajano, 'Location privacy in pervasive
   computing' (IEEE CS and IEEE Communications Society, 2003), 46
   <https://www.cs.cmu.edu/ 15-821 /CDROM!PAPERS/beres-
   ford2003.pdf> accessed 8 June 2016.
4  Jan Lauren Boyles et al, 'Privacy and Data Management on
   Mobile Devices' (Pew Research Center, 5 September 2012)
   <http://www.pewinternet.org/201 2/09/05/privacy-and-data-man-
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