Bluetooth Beacon Privacy
DATE: 27 January 2016. 14:00h
LOCATION: Kristen Nygaards sal (room 5370), Ole Johan Dahl's House.
14:00h Welcome at IFI
14:15h Talk: Tracking by Bluetooth Beacons in Public Areas
SPEAKER: Atle Årnes (Norwegian Data Protection Authority)
ABSTRACT: Bluetooth beacons in public areas broadcast unique addresses that are picked up by mobile devices in the vicinity. A beacon may also transmit additional elements like URL-code for advertisements, temperature on the site, and other relevant information. Beacon signals are increasingly being used for locality-based services. The strength of the beacon signal indicates the exact distance between the mobile station and the beacon, which can be used for tracking and for triggering services. The industry is rapidly developing new business models around the beacon technology, but does not seem to consider implications for security and privacy. This talk discusses challenges for security in general, and for privacy in particular, with regard to the beacon technology.