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
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.
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.