A Preliminary FTC Staff Report on "Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change: A Proposed Framework for Businesses and Policymakers" #00288

Submission Number:
00288
Commenter:
Bill Krawietz
Organization:
Krawietz Aerial Photo, LLC
State:
Texas
Initiative Name:
A Preliminary FTC Staff Report on "Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change: A Proposed Framework for Businesses and Policymakers"

Our firm does aerial photography for use in surveying and mapping. If the proposed law passes you will basically put us out of business. More importantly the outfall that the public will feel will not only be economic but endanger the health, safety and welfare of all citizens. The photography we take is used in many ways including drainage, flood mapping, highway and road design engineering, land development, 911 emergency data bases, crop studies, forestry, enviromental and wetland monitoring just to name a few. It would be impossible to get approval of everyone that may have there property appear in the photo. Please consider the far reaching impact to the country if such a law was to pass. It appears on the surface to a great protection of our privacy but there are more negatives than positive aspects to the legislation. I may be contacted if you would like any additional information or comments. Please consider this example: We fly photography of a landfill for the landfill company so they can do the required monitoring of the site. They must comply with several regualtions on the height, scope and rainwater runoff of the facility. All of our photography is shot in steroscopic form (ie: 3 deminsional). The photos are viewed in 3D to generate contour maps. The maps are used to make sure the surrounding properties are not adversely effected by the sanitary landfill. If we were unable to photograph the landfill and surronding property the impact to the nearby homes, schools, churches, businesses would be devastating. Yes we would be given consent by the owners of the landfill but it would be virtually impossible to secure a release from anyone who could possibly be in the photo. Another scenario: We are often hired by a governmental agency to fly aerial photography of site for enviromental or taxing entity studies. Property owners of this type do not want the government to know what they are doing behind locked gates. The same goes for the growing of illegal substances such a marijuana. It is much safer to observe from the air before law enforcement raids an area. As you can see passing this legislation would actually harm citizens, businesses and goverment workers. I could go on and on about the positive side of aerial photography and its many uses. Please consider the impact of such legislation. Thanks, Bill Kraweitz Owner, Krawietz Aerial Photography Mayor of Bulverde, TX