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The "Mozilla Location Service" project is a pilot project to assess the impact Mozilla can have on the geolocation landscape, specifically to improve user privacy and enable innovation by creating public data sets. In order to do this assessment, we need to understand the technological and legal challenges and get real data. Therefore, the Cloud Services team will build and operate a location service to provide geolocation lookup for devices, based on for example cell tower, and Wi-Fi or IP address informationdata.
Geolocation lookup is a very useful service to provide to users. There's no public data set to provide this service. None of the current companies offering this type of service have any incentive to improve on privacy. Geolocation lookup and the potential for tracking the physical movement of individuals is a serious privacy issue.
Why Mozilla? The web platform needs the capability, and currently we have to provide it in our offerings through business deals without much impact on the privacy aspects of the service. We have a unique access to Firefox on lots of devices for gathering and reporting back data. We don't have to monetize the gathered data and can make it available to the operate a publicservice. If we can run a successful service, we get leverage to improve the privacy aspects in the landscape.
For more information about user privacy, see [ "Privacy"]. We are also maintaining an [ "overview of existing data sources"].

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