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IETF 119: Detecting Unwanted Location Trackers

The newly-chartered Detecting Unwanted Location Trackers (DULT) working group met at 03:00 - 05:00 UTC on 21 March 2024.

The newly-chartered working group has taken on the task to standardize a protocol that protects people against being unknowingly tracked.

While location-tracking accessories provide numerous benefits to users, such as being able to find where they left their keys, they can also have security and privacy implications if used for malicious purposes. While the working group goals may seem straightforward, the technical issues involved in defining a protocol that enables implementation across multiple device manufacturers require careful consideration. The complete charter for the DULT working group provides further detail about how it will go about its work.