A Preliminary FTC Staff Report on "Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change: A Proposed Framework for Businesses and Policymakers" #00325

Submission Number:
00325
Commenter:
Richard Crouse
Organization:
Richard Crouse & Associates
State:
Maryland
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 am concerned that language in the staff report concerning "precise geolocation information" may have unintended negative consequences for our national interests. Richard Crouse and Associates, Inc. collects aerial survey data using metric cameras and other devices for use in producing maps and other geospatial products. These products are numerous, span many disciplines and are an integral part of our nation's infrastructure and land management. Many are also governmental in nature. While privacy considerations are very important, the Commission should take great care not to hamper the efforts of our profession by creating unnecessary liabilities or other onerous regulations.