A Preliminary FTC Staff Report on "Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change: A Proposed Framework for Businesses and Policymakers" #00218

Submission Number:
00218
Commenter:
Doug Schneider
Organization:
Rick Engineering Co.
State:
Arizona
Initiative Name:
A Preliminary FTC Staff Report on "Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change: A Proposed Framework for Businesses and Policymakers"

I would agree with John Palatiello's statement quoted below. "There are two major problems with this proposal," said John Palatiello, executive director of MAPPS. "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." Care must be taken not to adversely affect data acquisition for legitimate purposes. Thanks for your consideration, Doug Schneider Professional Land Surveyor Associate Rick Engineering Company