A Preliminary FTC Staff Report on "Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change: A Proposed Framework for Businesses and Policymakers" #00180

Submission Number:
00180
Commenter:
Martin Balikov
State:
Washington
Initiative Name:
A Preliminary FTC Staff Report on "Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change: A Proposed Framework for Businesses and Policymakers"

As a practicing consultant on Geographic Information Systems I am concerned that the recommendations in the preliminary report "Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change" does not address the needs of public agencies to collect, maintain, use and, in a more limited manner publish, location information. The recommendations to restrict collection of "precise geolocation data" needs to look beyond the risk to the public from involuntary collection of location to accomodate intentional use, such as reporting street light outage, pothole location or emergencies, as well as the needs of the professional geospatial community. Before moving forward a clear definition of what is to be included under "precise geolocation data" needs to be provided and the geospatial community should be consulted for direct input to far reaching policy changes.