A Preliminary FTC Staff Report on "Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change: A Proposed Framework for Businesses and Policymakers" #00208

Submission Number:
00208
Commenter:
William Whitworth
Organization:
Whitworth & Associates, Inc.
State:
South Carolina
Initiative Name:
A Preliminary FTC Staff Report on "Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change: A Proposed Framework for Businesses and Policymakers"

"This proposal (like legislation that was introduced but not acted upon by Congress) uses the very broad term 'precise geolocation data' but does not define the term. This is very dangerous. Also, to require that any geospatial firm get 'affirmative express consent' from every citizen about whom precise geolocation data is to be collected is impractical to the point of being impossible. This is not just data about an individual but any 'precise geolocation data.' This would require every citizen to be contacted and approval obtained before parcel data is collected, or imagery, or elevation data or any other geolocation data."