Monday, April 28, 2014

Spatial Law and Policy Update (April 28, 2014)

"Where Geospatial Technology Is Taking the Law"


The Privacy Paradox and the Boston Marathon  (Spatial Law and Policy Blog)

InBloom Wilts Amid Privacy Backlash  (IAPP) Well funded education tech company goes out of business due to privacy concerns over business model. "Regardless of the merits of either of these arguments, the lesson for companies in ed tech and beyond should be loud and clear: Privacy is a core business concern. And as should be evident from the inBloom case, getting it right means a lot more than just complying with applicable laws and regulations. Privacy isn’t just about regulatory compliance. It’s about setting the tone of your message, managing consumer expectations, bringing the public along with you for the ride, avoiding privacy lurches  and not creepy . It’s more an art than a science."

Case Law: Weller v Associated Newspapers Limited, Paparazzi, beware – Alexia Bedat  (Informms Blog)  Detailed discussion of how UK court examines privacy tort claims. 

If You Get A Misdelivered Package, UPS Will Give A Stranger Your Home Address  (Forbes) I wonder how big of a concern this would have been 20 years ago?


The Supreme Court's struggle to grasp Aereo's tiny TV antennas  (LA Times)  The Supreme Court's decision in this case could impact the geospatial community.

Licensing and the public domain  (Spatial Reserves)  Blog post discusses various open licensing types, including the ODbL. "For some organisations integrating OSM data with their own private data, or organisations who are mandated to make their data available in the public domain (for example the US Geological Survey), wider use of this data resource is not an option and the benefits of crowd-sourced, free and open datasets like OSM will never be fully realised."

Data Quality

Data Scientists Not Required: New Alteryx Release Puts Predictive and Customer Analytics in the Hands of Every Analyst  (Directions) Critical, real-time decision making being pushed further down into organizations may result in data being used/analyzed in ways it is not suitable. 

CreepShield Claims to Out the Creeps in Online Dating  (NYT) The site returns results showing the photos and names of offenders in its database — even when they are obviously far from a match.


    Spatial Data Infrastructure/Open Data

    Public Safety/Law Enforcement/National Security

    Sheriff ran air surveillance over Compton without telling residents (LA Times) Sheriff did not feel it was important to notify residents because there were already a number of CCTV cameras on the ground. 

    Prosecutors: GPS device tracked murder victim  (wdnt) Troubling if true. 

Technology Platforms


Indoor Location


Internet of Things/Smart Grid/Intelligent Transportation Systems/Autonomous Vehicles

Why Data from Automated Vehicles Needs Serious Protection  (GPS World) "The data generated is both of a critical and personal nature. And data that is moving in and out of the vehicle to be processed elsewhere or to communicate with other vehicles is particularly vulnerable. The consequences are far greater than a violation of privacy or a stolen identity."

Remote Sensing


AMATEUR FOOTAGE: A GLOBAL STUDY OF USER-GENERATED CONTENT IN TV AND ONLINE-NEWS OUTPUT  Study suggests that crowd sourced content does not receive proper attribution.


The problem is not Uber — the problem is missing regulations  (Sensor & Systems)  This is not just an Uber problem. It’s a problem we face with every “innovation”

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