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Federal Issue: Privacy
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Privacy

Various efforts are under way in the Federal government to create new "privacy" protections for citizens. These proposed rules apply to the collection, storage and use of certain data about individuals, including their address. The rules use the term "precise geolocation data" and prevent any private firm from collecting, storing or using such data without the citizen's advance approval. This is an impractical and impossible requirement for private geospatial firms.

While there has been some abuse of personal information by some firms in some sectors, such as phishing, the process of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, online habits, e-purchases, credit card info, etc. in an electronic communication, e.g. Internet none has involved MAPPS members or the specific geospatial community.

The Federal proposals are poorly written, do not define "precise geolocation data", and have serious unintended consequences for industries and professions beyond those these Federal authorities are attempting to regulate.
 
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MAPPS Adopted Privacy Resolution 2013

FTC Privacy Rules -- Complying with Onerous Federal Regulations


MAPPS Submits Comments to Commerce Department 1-28-2011

Expresses concern that a December 16, 2010, Department of Commerce "green paper” or preliminary report, Commercial Data Privacy and Innovation in the Internet Economy: A Dynamic Policy Framework, would result in a serious threat to the geospatial community.

MAPPS Submits Comments to Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on FTC Staff Privacy Report 1-4-2011
Call to Action: "Privacy" Regulations Threaten Geospatial Profession 12-27-2010

Suggested Bullet Points for Federal Trade Commission Comments 12-2010

MAPPS Executive Director, John Palatiello, Presentation to National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC) on Privacy 12-7-2010

MAPPS Urges FCC to Not Over-Regulate the Geospatial Marketplace 11-12-2010

MAPPS Comments on Rep. Boucher Draft "Privacy" Bill 7-14-2010
 
Rep. Boucher (D-VA, 9th) Draft "Privacy" Bill 5-03-2010