Geographic Location/Privacy

Document Charter Geographic Location/Privacy WG (geopriv)
Title Geographic Location/Privacy
Last updated 2001-06-14
State Approved
WG State Concluded
IESG Responsible AD Alissa Cooper
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The IETF has recognized that many applications are emerging that
  require geographic and civic location information about resources and
  entities, and that the representation and transmission of that
  information has significant privacy and security implications. We have
  created a suite of protocols that allow such applications to represent
  and transmit such location objects and to allow users to express
  policies on how these representations are exposed and used. The IETF
  has also begun working on creating applications that use these
  capabilities, for emergency services, general real-time communication,
  and other usages.
  The GEOPRIV working group is chartered to continue to develop and
  refine representations of location in Internet protocols, and to
  analyze the authorization, integrity, and privacy requirements that
  must be met when these representations of location are created,
  stored, and used. The group will create and refine mechanisms for the
  transmission of these representations that address the requirements
  that have been identified.
  The working group will work with other IETF working groups and other
  standards development organizations that are building applications
  that use location information to ensure that the requirements are well
  understood and met, and that no additional security or privacy issues
  related to location are left unaddressed as these location information
  is incorporated into other protocols.
  It remains a goal of the GEOPRIV working group to deliver
  specifications of broad applicability that will become mandatory to
  implement for IETF protocols that are location aware.
  This working group will not develop location-determining technology.
  However, the IETF acknowledges that information used in the location-
  determination process will in some cases need to be carried over the
  Internet. Where necessary, this working group will develop protocols
  or protocol extensions to encode location-determination data
  structures defined elsewhere. This working group will not develop
  technologies to directly address any particular regulatory
  requirements (e.g. 9-1-1). The group will continue to coordinate with
  any other IETF entities that are working on those problems to ensure
  the technologies created here meet the needs of those entities, and
  that the authorization, integrity, and privacy requirements on the
  mechanisms provided by these technologies continue to be met.