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Geolocation Privacy Update

I wrote about an important geolocation privacy case currently from California here.  It bears following, as does this decision from the Illinois Supreme Court.  The Illinois decision is an important one because in many privacy cases courts require a plaintiff to show harm, which can be difficult to do. If plaintiffs do not have to overcome that high...

2019: The Year of Geolocation Privacy?

Engadget is reporting that the Los Angeles City Attorney has filed a complaint against the company behind The Weather Channel App (the "App") claiming its collection of geolocation information violated the state's unfair competition law. The claim alleges that the App does not provide consumers adequate disclosure as to how geolocation information is...

Spatial Law and Policy - Highlights of 2018

Each year I try to summarize what I believe are the major spatial law and policy stories over the past 12 months. I try to focus on issues that cut across both legal and policy disciplines as well as technology domains. I try not to just focus on those that get the most media attention, but also issues that I think represent broader trends of where...

Spatial Law and Policy Update (April 24, 2018)

SPATIAL LAW AND POLICY UPDATE"Where Geospatial Technology Is Taking the Law"LEGAL DISCIPLINESPrivacy/Data Protection/CybersecuritySocial Fitness Apps May Be More Harmful to User Privacy Than You Think  (CPO)People love fitness trackers, but should employers give them out?  (Financial Times)Ontario Court of Appeal finds high school girls have no reasonable...

Spatial Law and Policy Update (April 15, 2018)

LEGAL DISCIPLINESPrivacy/Data Protection/CybersecurityHow protectionist policies can impact digital developments  (IAPP)Facebook may stop the data leaks, but it’s too late: Cambridge Analytica’s models live on  (MIT Review)Dunedin mother's threat to shoot down drone that filmed her children in their backyard  (NZ Herald)The necessity of a radical review...

Spatial Law and Policy Update (April 8, 2018)

SPATIAL LAW AND POLICY UPDATE"Where Geospatial Technology Is Taking the Law"LEGAL DISCIPLINESPrivacy/Data Protection/CybersecurityAmazon's idea for employee-tracking wearables raises concerns  (CNN)Uber implements HIPAA compliance program for new patient transportation service  (IAPP)Licensing/Intellectual Property RightsCourt Says Scraping Websites...

Spatial Law and Policy Update (March 31, 2018)

SPATIAL LAW AND POLICY UPDATE"Where Geospatial Technology Is Taking the Law"LEGAL DISCIPLINESPrivacy/Data Protection/CybersecurityThis person has revealed everything Facebook and Google has on you. And it’s terrifying  (Independent)The Future Of Location Data And Privacy  (GIS User)Jaywalkers Under Surveillance in Shenzhen Soon To Be Punished Via Text...

Spatial Law and Policy Update (March 21, 2018)

SPATIAL LAW AND POLICY UPDATE"Where Geospatial Technology Is Taking the Law"LEGAL DISCIPLINESPrivacy/Data Protection/CybersecurityStrava will refresh its heat map every month to clear it of data that recently went private  (The Verve)Location data sharing: What are the concerns around privacy?  (Geospatial World)Licensing/Intellectual Property RightsThe...

Spatial Law and Policy Update (March 29, 2017)

LEGAL DISCIPLINESPrivacy/Data Protection/CybersecurityEU Data Privacy Rules and Penalties Reach America: Are You Ready? (JD Supra) Advances in mobile location services and what it means for privacy (Research Gate) Court Confirms Right to Be Forgotten Is Not Absolute (JD Supra)  Data Re-Identification (Health Data Exploration Project) Employer Denied...

Spatial Law and Policy Update (March 5, 2017)

SPATIAL LAW AND POLICY UPDATE"Where Geospatial Technology Is Taking the Law"LEGAL DISCIPLINESPrivacy/Data Protection/CybersecurityGeolocation Privacy and Surveillance Act Introduced in US Congress (JD Supra)Australia Introdces Mandatory Data Breach Notification Scheme (Hogan Lovells)Data from connected CloudPets teddy bears leaked and ransomed, exposing...

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