By Salvador Rodriguez, LA Times, January 4, 2013, 3:24 p.m.
Google is denying reports online Friday that say the company started blocking Windows Phone users from accessing Google Maps amid tension in its relationship with Microsoft. Nothing has changed with the Google Maps service, the company told The Times. Google Maps simply was never designed to work with the Internet Explorer browser on the Windows Phone, according to Google.
For full text of the article, visit Google Maps is not blocking Windows Phone, Google says – latimes.com.
- Google Admits It Was Deliberately Blocking Windows Phone Users From Google Maps (GOOG) (businessinsider.com)
- Google working on removing Maps redirect for Windows Phone (slashgear.com)
February 13, 2012
A French court ruled in early February 2012 that Google must pay €500,000 in damages and €15,000 in fines as a result of business practices alleged to be anti-competitive. The ruling stems from a complaint by French company Bottin Cartographes, which claimed that Google France and Google Inc. competed unfairly by offering Web-mapping services for free to some businesses. Bottin offers similar services, but charges a fee.
For full text of article, visit Geoplace.com.
From Google’s Lat Long blog post: “Under this agreement, the World Bank will act as a conduit to make Google Map Maker source data more widely and easily available to government organizations in the event of major disasters, and also for improved planning, management, and monitoring of public services provision. …”
In an All Points Blog post on Directions Magazine (January 16, 2012), Adena Schutzberg notes that “World Bank partner organizations, which include government and United Nations agencies, will be able to contact World Bank offices for possible access to the Google Map Maker data for their various projects. … The data is Google’s. It’s not open to the world under a free data license like OpenStreetMap is. Google makes its data tiles available via its APIs (with have their own restrictions and sometimes, fees). The Map Maker data is not open source (because that license is for software). Oh, and Google’s mapping APIs are not open source either!”
Ms. Schutzberg also raises several good questions that will need to be addressed, including “… how the World Bank will decide if a requester can have access to the data. Is it only during an emergency? Or when one is expected? Or is for long-term planning for such emergencies? … under what sort of terms (license) Google/The World Bank will hand over the data? Will it be sharable to NGOs? To citizens? …”
For full text of Adena Schutzberg’s blog post, visit Google Gives World Bank Map Maker Data Distribution Privileges – All Points Blog.
- World Bank Assumes Control of Google Map Data (readwriteweb.com)
- Empowering Citizen Cartographers (nytimes.com)
- Redesign of Google Map Maker means anyone can make maps (news.consumerreports.org)
by Greg Sterling, June 17, 2001
Remember the woman in Utah who used Google Maps’ walking directions, was hit by a car and sued? The case is Rosenberg v. Harwood and Google was successful in getting almost all the claims against the company dismissed last week.When last we left our story the plaintiff, Lauren Rosenberg, was walking from 96 Daly Street to and 1710 Prospector Avenue in Park City, Utah. Google Maps sent her via route 224, a highway without sidewalks. She was hit on Route 224 by driver-defendant Patrick Harwood. …
For full text of the article via Court Says No, You Can’t Sue Google For Bad Walking Directions.
- Court Dismisses Google Walking Directions Lawsuit Claims (searchengineland.com)
- Injured Pedestrian Can’t Sue Google for Providing Faulty Map Information — Rosenberg v. Harwood (ericgoldman.org)
Source: Mark Burdon, Queensland University of Technology, Journal of Law, Technology and Policy, No. 1, 2010
Abstract: Online technological advances are pioneering the wider distribution of geospatial information for general mapping purposes. The use of popular web-based applications, such as Google Maps, is ensuring that mapping based applications are becoming commonplace amongst Internet users which has facilitated the rapid growth of geo-mashups. These user generated creations enable Internet users to aggregate and publish information over specific geographical points. This article identifies privacy invasive geo-mashups that involve the unauthorized use of personal information, the inadvertent disclosure of personal information and invasion of privacy issues. Building on Zittrain’s Privacy 2.0, the author contends that first generation information privacy laws, founded on the notions of fair information practices or information privacy principles, may have a limited impact regarding the resolution of privacy problems arising from privacy invasive geo-mashups. Principally because geo-mashups have different patterns of personal information provision, collection, storage and use that reflect fundamental changes in the Web 2.0 environment. The author concludes by recommending embedded legal, organizational technical and social solutions to minimize the risks arising from privacy invasive geo-mashups that could lead to the establishment of guidelines to assist courts and regulators with the protection of privacy in geo-mashups.
For full text of the article, click here.
- Technology chief seeks early passage of data privacy bill (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
- Privacy by Design at Microsoft (blogs.technet.com)
- Canada Finds Google Violated Privacy Laws (techdailydose.nationaljournal.com)
- Google mapped more than addresses: privacy czar (ctv.ca)