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Adding GPS location to IPv6 header



It seems to me that there's a big problem with using this for rights
enforcement.

If the header is added by the user's device, then on certain operating
systems it will be trivial for the user to set this to whatever they want
it to be - which would defeat the purpose.
If the header is added by devices out of the user's control so that the
user cannot spoof their location (e.g. ISP routers) then for one thing they
do not know the user's exact location, and for another there needs to be an
additional mechanism for the user to switch the option off.

The suggestion of using this to automatically get web pages in the right
language also does not seem practical.
My devices know that my preferred language is English.  If I take one of
those devices to China, I still want to see web pages in English.
 Additionally there is already an HTTP header to express your preferred
language.

Regards,
Dan




On 24 November 2012 21:18, John Adams <jna at retina.net> wrote:

> Don't conflate layer 5-7 needs with basic communication requirements. IP is
> not the place for this sort of header.
>
> This is not data that should be sent on every packet. It becomes redundant.
>  Not to mention the serious privacy concerns such a header brings up in the
> protocol. You barely address this in your RFC. You write it away with a
> wishy-washy "Oh err um, users will have the option to turn it off". That's
> worked so well for opt-out advertising -- I'm sure it will work here.
>
> If there's a place where I can go and vote this down / debate it away, tell
> me where that is.
>
> -j
>
> On Thu, Nov 22, 2012 at 3:59 AM, Ammar Salih <ammar.salih at auis.edu.iq
> >wrote:
>
> > Dears, I've proposed a new IPv6 "extension header", it's now posted on
> IETF
> > website, your ideas and comments are most welcome!
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> http://datatracker.ietf.org/doc/draft-add-location-to-ipv6-header/?include_t
> > ext=1
> >
> >
> >
> > Thanks!
> >
> > Ammar Salih
> >
> >
> >
> >
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