Japanese govt to track tourists
- Published: 18 Oct 2013 at 07.16
- Online news:
The Japan Tourism Authority is planning to use location data for mobile phone users to track the movements of tourists in what it says is a project to discover popular spots and develop tourism resources, dismissing privacy concerns.
Research using such data, also known as "meta data," covering an estimated 700,000 people will be conducted on a trial basis at Mount Fuji and seven other locations until March next year, according to the agency.
Mobile phone carriers will update the location data of users of phones with global positioning systems every five minutes to a map information service company that will in turn produce movement charts for analysis.
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