Google’s “Street View” and Privacy in Public

About 6 months ago Microsoft launched their Windows Live Local Virtual Earth service, providing street level images of San Francisco and Seattle. You can drive or walk around the map and view the streets and storefronts…and the people. This detailed…

Tracking Devices on Milwaukee Police Cars Blocked

GPS systems installed on Milwaukee Police squad cars to help dispatchers track officers' whereabouts have recently been found covered with foil, rendering them useless and the cars invisible to monitoring. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports: A Milwaukee police captain was…

Intel Drafts Privacy License for Mobile Device Software

On the heels of Microsoft's recent release of privacy guidelines for software developers, here's an excellent example of another company working with privacy scholars to try to protect end-user privacy when using location-based mobile devices. From ComptuerWorld: Intel Drafts Privacy…

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.…