Spatial Data Privacy and the Law

The geospatial technology magazine, Directions Magazine, has an interesting article noting the growing privacy concerns facing the spatial technology industry, and the lack of legal guidance as to how the industry should protect a person’s personally identifiable spatial (PIS) data. Their conclusion:

Although there is little direct guidance as to how spatial companies should deal with PIS data, there is a great deal of precedent with other types of personal data. As a result, spatial companies that collect, process or distribute PIS data should consider keeping current on federal and state laws that concern personal data. In addition, spatial companies that deal directly with consumers should consider developing a Spatial Data Security Program along the lines set out by the FTC for other types of personal data. Such a program may not only be required by the FTC, but it is also good business practice.

[via Pogo Was Right]

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