Firefox 4 beta and geolocation

Had a brief look to see if anything had changed re: geolocation in Firefox in its first beta release of 4.0. Seems they have started to integrate an indicator into the address bar.

Firefox 4, beta 1's handling of geolocation
Firefox 4 Beta 1's handling of Geolocation...

The indicator still does not show up when geolocation is active, but it’s a start and it’s good to see that they are working to fix that.

Privacy of Geolocation Implementations

Here is my position paper, “Privacy of Geolocation Implementations” (PDF ~500K), that I prepared for the W3C Workshop on Privacy for Advanced Web APIs.

UPDATE: the presentation slides are now available.

It’s a little bit drafty, so any feedback or comments welcomed. I will republish as a HTML file soon.

Investigating privacy in depth has been one of the most interesting things I’ve done in a long time… though it has left me a little bit creeped out. Hopefully I’ll get around to writing a bit more about what I read, what I’ve learned, and what practical changes I’ve made.