Types of Anonymous Travel Tracking
There are three main types of travel tracking; anonymous entry, completly anonymous and anonymized view. Each of these ways of doing anonymous tracking have advantages and disadvantages.
Any travel tracker can support anonymous entry tracking. In anonymous entry all personal data entered into the travel tracker is anonymized before being entered into the tracker. Each traveller is given a unique code or identifier within the tracker and is known by that identifier only. A separate document or database stores a mapping of the identifier to the actual traveler. For GPS tracking this works fine, but for itineraries all trips have to manually entered. This is both tedious and prone to error.
Completely Anonymous is a completely private form of travel tracking. All traveller information is turned into an unique identifier, which cannot be decoded, ensuring that no personal identifiable data is stored in the travel tracker. This gives users the ability to only see where people are located, but never who they are. This compromises the functionality of the travel tracker, but gives ultimate privacy.
The anonymized view gives a good balance of privacy and functionality. It works like a normal travel tracker, but instead of displaying traveler details, all personal information is displayed as a unique identifier. This allows users to get a good overview of where travelers are but not who they are. In the case of an emergency; designated users can use a special feature to decode the identifiers. The action is recorded by the system to ensure that abuse does not occur. Anonymous view does not compromise the functionality of the travel tracker while maintaining the privacy of the travel tracker.