Gartner Research

Geolocation, Access Control and Privacy

Published: 28 August 2012

ID: G00229279

Analyst(s): Ian Glazer, Robin Wilton


Location data is the fugu fish of personal information: a tempting and valued consumable that can be highly toxic if not properly handled. As geolocation technology becomes more prevalent and more diverse, organizations must develop their understanding of all its modalities and hone their ability to manage the resulting data.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings


  • Geolocation: Growth, Diversity and Ubiquity
  • Geolocation and Access Control
    • Geolocation Accuracy and Access Control
  • Geolocation and Privacy
    • Geolocation Accuracy and Privacy
  • Access Control and Privacy
  • Use Cases
    • Baseline Example: ATM Networks and Fraud Detection
    • Geolocation-Aware Adaptive Authorization
    • Locate Your Employee
    • "Geofencing" in Retail Premises
    • "Edge" Cases
  • Comparison of Geolocation Techniques
    • Governance Implications

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