A player is to be informed after downtime of all individuals who attempted to search for their whereabouts using locator agents.
In accordance with Texas Law, locator agents would be required to share the name of the person, time, and station a location request was filed. This information is not shared with target in real-time, however assembling a dossier to comply FOIA standards still must be prompt. That is why aggregating all location request data into one report after downtime is a sensible compromise.
Why is a FOIA system necessary?
Provides individuals opportunity to counter-search with locator agents.
Calls new player attention to the surveillance system.
Gives wormholers a sense of pride and satisfaction that resources spent to locate them in Anoikis were fruitless.
Instills warm fuzzy feelings that someone is determined to find you.
At the minimum I would expect the locator agents would only be willing to share this information with capsuleers who have good standing with the corporation the agent belongs to or the agent themselves.
Then they need to work the same as when you want to locate someone, you need to have good standing with them.
I’ll add, having good Faction standing, so is not imperative to do missions with that Corporation but must have a minimum Faction/Corp/Agent standing to even have that opportunity.
Let’s say this way, to make sure you understand me.
Someone want to locate you
1 case -> you have neutral/bad standing with his Corp/Faction/Concord. Then, his Faction won’t inform you of that location intention.
2 case -> You have good standing with his Corp/Faction, but not good with Concord. The Faction will inform you that someone is looking for you, then you need to reach the specific agent at your own risk; if is in Empire; and “bribe him”.
3 case -> You have an excellent standing with his Corp/Faction and Concord. The Faction will inform you that someone is looking for you and the agent for a beer will give you the info.
This is good, however I would still strongly opt for remote delivery of this Intel. Needing to go to a station for a name seems it would not scale well with numerous people searching. In an environment of alts used to initiate (spam or troll) location requests, a remote report could also make it a little easier to spot those false positive trends in who is trying to find you.
Only make it work if both the guy searching and the guy being searched have positive standing to that agent or his corp or the empire he belongs to.Another interesting feature would be if the guy being searched has a higher standing you couldn’t use the agent on him
The only aspect I would be willing to concede is giving a searcher’s name to located if an only if the located has higher standings with faction than the searcher–otherwise you’d only get a notification that someone was looking for you.
Again, this notification is delayed until after downtime which still gives the hunter/searcher a head-start to find their target.
With lists you can analyze trends over time. Not everyone is going to be an ex-standing grind alt.
Even if a decent number of them are alts farming out location data to 3rd parties, that data will begin to appear over time. Getting lists becomes an advertisement of players that can potentially be asked to find someone for you. Stimulates a player economy.