Ethical Concerns Holding Back Location-Based Services
from the it's-only-unethical-if-we-can't-charge-for-it dept
Forgive us for thinking it was technological problems or carriers’ desire to control the food chain that was holding back location-based services. Apparently, the real reason is “ethical concerns”, according to a British academic. It’s odd, because carriers don’t seem to have any problem using LBS to play on parental fears to make some money, and they’ve got no qualms disclosing employees’ locations to their bosses. So, instead of throwing things open to developers and letting them come up with some compelling and useful location-based applications, the operators’ demands to control everything results in overpriced, underwhelming services.