[Geowanking] On geo privacy policies
ronan at roasp.com
Thu Jun 29 23:40:45 PDT 2006
I have to disagree with your point on the benefits of allowing commercial
vendors to store user geodata.
I certainly don't want to risk the consequences of some government
appropriating my geodata history over the last few years from a geolocation
service in order to cross-reference information on me, and I seriously doubt
anyone who had thought about this seriously would allow companies to store
this data, only to sell it or give it away later.
There is a good reason why we make it so difficult to spy on people in
society. People with too much power abuse it.
The current track record of US appropriation of search data in the "public
interest" is a fitting example of what can potentially happen to stored
commercial data, and hence is a poster case of why it is a good thing that
geodata may not be stored.
There are arguably a lots of useful things that could be done with stored
geodata, but there are also a lot of other good things we do not allow
because they cause more harm than good.
Perhaps storing consumer geodata is simply unethical due to the risk it
imparts on the consumer.
But then again, maybe I am over-reacting tbig brother's creeping shadow. This
is certainly an interesting topic.
On Thursday 29 June 2006 12:39, Dan R. Greening wrote:
> you cannot store location-tracking information with user-identification in
> the EU ... like EVER... even if you inform the consumer
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