Spatial Law and Policy: Top 10 Stories of 2011
by Kevin Pomfret, Spatial Law and Policy Blob, December 27, 2011
- U.S. Supreme Court to address law enforcement’s use of tracking devices.
- Impact of budget cuts becoming more pronounced
- Privacy issues regarding geolocation becomes international story
- Increased efforts to regulate Internet
- Commercial use of drones becoming a reality
- Lightsquared/GPS dispute
- India revises its Remote Sensing Data Policy
- Indonesia passes Geospatial Information Act
- Big Data
For full text of Kevin’s article with a great discussion on each topic and useful links, visit Spatial Law and Policy: Spatial Law and Policy: Top 10 Stories of 2011.
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- Geospatial Information Technology in Indonesia and its Legal Framework (geodatapolicy.wordpress.com)
- Six Provocations for Big Data (geodatapolicy.wordpress.com)
- Webinar on Geospatial Privacy (geodatapolicy.wordpress.com)
- Former FGDC Executive Director on Mapping and the Spatial Data Infrastructure (geodatapolicy.wordpress.com)
- New CRS Report on Governmental Tracking of Cell Phones and Vehicles (geodatapolicy.wordpress.com)
by Kevin Pomfret, Spatial Law and Policy, October 4, 2011
The next year is shaping up to be an important period for the geospatial industry. Over that time there is likely to be movement on a number of key legal and policy issues that could have a significant impact on the industry’s growth over the next decade. These issues include:
- LightSquared/GPS dispute
- GPS tracking case to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court
- Budget considerations
- Impact of privacy legislation and regulation on geolocation
- Efforts to use the UN to regulate information on the Internet
For full text of this nice review article, visit Spatial Law and Policy.
by Kevin D. Pomfret, LeClairRyan, Executive Counsel Magazine, April/May 2011
Geolocation technology enables devices like smart phones to collect data “about where people go and what they do,” the author explains. “This information can be aggregated with other information to determine ‘who they are’ with precision and accuracy.” Geolocation technology raises concerns in part because significant benefits of the technology often are overshadowed by sensationalized media accounts of real or perceived privacy breeches, according to the author.
For full text of the summary, visit Executive Counsel » Lawmakers Eye Geolocation Apps. For full text of the article, you will need to subscribe to Executive Counsel or purchase this month’s magazine.
- The Future of Social Networks and Geolocation (geodatapolicy.wordpress.com)
- Creepy Shows Just How Much Geolocation Data You Broadcast Online (makeuseof.com)
- Jim Steyer: Why We Need “Do Not Track Kids” (huffingtonpost.com)
- New Bill Would Update Digital Privacy Law (blogs.wsj.com)
More Work To Be Done
by Kevin Pomfret, Spatial Law and Policy Blog, April 2, 2011
I recently attended two conferences related to location technology. The first, “Mobile Devices, Location Technologies and Shifting Values” was hosted by the Center on Law and Information Policy on March 25, 2011 at the Fordham Law School and focused on the legal and policy issues associated with location and mobile devices. The second, “Enterprise Strategies for Location Intelligence”, hosted by the wherebusiness.com on March 30-31, addressed the challenges businesses will face in trying to integrate location information into their enterprises.
Both of the events were well run and I learned a good deal. However, I was also struck by the disconnect between the issues the legal community seem to be focused on and the issues facing the business and technology community with respect to location technology.
For full text of the article, visit: Spatial Law and Policy.
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- The Importance of Mapping and Location Data to Real Estate (thetechion.wordpress.com)
Government’s Use of Tracking Technology: More Than A Constitutional Issue?
Kevin Pomfret, Spatial Law and Policy Blog, Friday, March 4, 2011
I have written in the past about a series of recent court cases in the United States involving the Fourth Amendment and a reasonable expectation of privacy from a location standpoint. … From a legal standpoint these cases raise some very difficult and important issues regarding both the Fourth Amendment and the clearly outdated Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). I will not go into the details of either here, other than to say that courts are split in both types of cases as to whether a warrant is required before location data is collected or obtained. However, as equal importance as the legal analysis is that the public position of the Obama administration – through the Department of Justice – in each federal case appears to have been that a warrant is not required. …
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