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.
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- 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)
Summary: Due in large part to the success of the OGC and its members in developing standards and promoting interoperability, it is now much easier from a technology standpoint to share spatial data across and between government entities. But what about the legal aspects of this sharing? Attorney Kevin Pomfret and OGC staffer Steven Ramage examine some of these questions as they relate to successfully implementing national or regional spatial data infrastructures.
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- Issuance of OMB Circular A-16 Supplemental Guidance (geodatapolicy.wordpress.com)
- INSPIRE Forum: Workshop On Linked Spatiotemporal Data 2010 (inspire-forum.jrc.ec.europa.eu)
- Growth of geo-spatial data to bring huge potential for businesses (v3.co.uk)
Department of Energy, October 5, 2010This section summarizes and records DOE‘s impressions of the results of its efforts to collect and analyze diverse perspectives on the current state of data security and consumer access and privacy issues associated with the ongoing development and deployment of ―Smart Grid technologies. In so doing, it provides federal, state and local policymakers, as well as utilities and third-party providers of energy management services, with a concise, broad overview of the current state of ongoing efforts to assess the legal and regulatory implications of the data-security and data-privacy issues that were identified during a public information-gathering process conducted by DOE in the spring and summer of 2010. In this document, DOE attempts to provide a measure of certainty for all Smart Grid participants on issues where there is consensus, as well as highlight the pros and cons of various approaches where debate still exists.DOE stresses the intended audience and the legal and regulatory focus of this report because efforts to encourage the deployment of Smart Grid technologies will depend significantly upon two factors. First, the success of such efforts depends upon the development of legal and regulatory regimes that respect consumer privacy, promote consumer access to and choice regarding third-party use of their energy data, and secure potentially sensitive data to increase consumer acceptance of Smart Grid. Second, the success of such efforts also depends upon the development of appropriate technical standards and protocols for promoting privacy, choice, and the secure, interoperable transfer and maintenance of sensitive data.This report focuses on the first of these challenges. Federal efforts to investigate the second set of technical issues and promote the development of standards for addressing them are also underway. Those seeking analyses of the technical issues should consult publications like the Guidelines for Smart Grid Cyber Security: Vol. 2, Privacy and the Smart Grid, released by the National Institute of Standards and Technology in August 2010.For full text of the report, click here.For a related posting on the Geodata Policy blog, click here.
- NIST finalizes initial set of smart grid cyber security guidelines (scienceblog.com)
- Demystifying Smart Grid Security (blogs.hbr.org)