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. 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 data.
Geolocation lookup is a very useful service to provide to users. 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.