A Preliminary FTC Staff Report on "Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change: A Proposed Framework for Businesses and Policymakers"
My firm has been providing professional aerial photography and mapping services in Alaska since 1960. Our clients call on us to provide both precision and accuracy in the geospatial services we offer. These two terms have very different meanings and must therefore be clearly defined. The proposed terminology of precise geolocation information is vague and open to myriad interpretations. Of much greater concern than terminology is the notion of severely restricting the services my firm offers to government, academia, industry and the public at large. Our professional geospatial services truly do improve the quality of life for Americans as we are involved in both development and preservation activities. To restrict the legitimate services we offer our nation is to adversely impede the value of our services in promoting responsible development and management of our natural treasures. Regulations such as those proposed further burden our company with costs and reporting requirements, thereby making us less competitive against global organizations not subject to such regulations. I respectfully request that FTC not implement any enforcement or broad regulation that would harm my firm, my employees, and the clients we serve. Thank you for your consideration.