Thursday, February 2, 2012

The Spatial Law and Policy Update (February 2, 2012)

Raising Awareness of Where Geospatial Technology Is Taking the Law


EU Data Rules Worse Than SOPA? (Information Week)

Personal use of GPS trackers growing fast Read more here (The News Tribune)

Why privacy policies don't work - and what might Read more (San Francisco Chronicle)

Legislating Privacy After US v Jones (Communia)

The Upside And Downside Of Privacy On The Web (New Tech Post)

What EU Data Privacy Proposal Means For Business (Information Week)

[DISCUSSION DRAFT] 112TH CONGRESS To require disclosures to consumers regarding the capability of software to monitor mobile telephone usage, to require the express consent of the consumer prior to monitoring, and for other purposes (Markey/U.S. House of Representatives)

Intellectual Property Rights

Copying Is Not Stealing (Slate)

Megaupload: A Lot Less Guilty Than You Think (Stanford Law School)

Insane English copyright ruling creates ownership in the idea of a photo's composition (boingboing)

New license for crowdsourced geospatial data adopted by OpenStreetMap (Between the Poles)

National Security/Law Enforcement

Philippines studying U.S. offer to deploy spy planes (Reuters)


FAA gearing up for GPS policing (Flightglobal)

LIghtSquared Update - FCC Requests Comments on LS Request for Decision - 1/30/12 (Directions Magazine)

Data Quality

Spatial Precision - What's it all about? (Mapcite)

Remote Sensing

Pentagon To Trim Commercial Imagery Spending (Space News)

Spatial Data Infrastructures

Is open data under threat? (Information Age)

Intelligent Transportation Systems

Cars communicating to avoid collisions? NHTSA said time is now (Detroit Free Press)

Ride Sharing on the Rise in Germany, New Tech to Fuel Growth (GPS Business News)


Drones for Human Rights (The New York Times)

NATO Will Buy Its First Spy Drones, Eventually (Wired)

U.S. Drones Patrolling Its Skies Provoke Outrage in Iraq (The New York Times)


Neelie Kroes Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda EU Data protection reform and Cloud Computing “Fuelling the European Economy” event, Microsoft Executive Briefing Centre Brussels, 30 January 2012 (Europa)

U.S. may rely on aging U-2 spy planes longer than expected (The Los Angeles Times)

Digital mapping and governance: the stories behind the maps (Wait...What?)

The Coming Tech-led Boom (The Wall Street Journal)

France Finds Google Maps Is Unfair Competition (Mashable)

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