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[Wikimedia-l] Questions about browser geolocalization improvement proposal
Hi all,

I have started a thread on Wikimedia-l mailing lst[1a][1b] about a
proposal for improvement[2] of the current geolocation system used by

In the following e-mail we had some question about how the
geolocalization from browser works.
In particular, with the geolocalization via browser one can obtain the
information of who received a geotargeted message or not? Is possible
or not store the data about geolocalization?

Summing up, we are wondering if this system respects the privacy of
users. Can you help us answer those concerns?

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Cristian Consonni <>
Date: 2012/7/25
Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Geolocalization improvement proposal
To: Wikimedia Mailing List <>

2012/7/24 <>:
> On Jul 24, 2012, at 11:14 AM, Cristian Consonni <> wrote:
>> 2012/7/24 <>:
>>> The main question is whether the benefit from being able to connect people with local events is worth the risk of collecting more personalized of their data than we are accustomed to handling.
>> I could be wrong but I don't think we would "handle more data" than
>> what we are doing now. We are not going to use that data and as far as
>> I know that data "dies" in the moment the system has output the
>> message.
> Maybe this is the area that needs more study. And I am probably the wrong person to try and even formulate technical questions, but is there a way to make use of this data without storing it? Without even knowing who recieved what personalized messages, unless, of course,they choose to respond?

Thanks in advance,



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