Reading “A geoprivacy manifesto” (Keßler & McKenzie, 2017)

This article gives a thorough introduction to a very relevant problem: geoprivacy. We have spent so much time bringing privacy issues up in class as potential issues and strains of thought in many GIS techniques, such as geoAI or VGI. I am excited to learn more about this issue as it concerns my everyday life as someone who regularly shares geospatial data via social media.

What interested me the most was the section on the legal and ethical aspects of geoprivacy. It seems like such a slippery slope as different countries have different privacy definitions and that many privacy issues transcend country borders. 

I also have a few questions from the reading. How do researchers and others determine which data is just not private enough to be anonymized? Not sure if this question has an answer, but  is there anything that we can do now to protect our geospatial information, or is it too late? How can we protect the most vulnerable (people who do not realize their privacy is being compromised at all)?

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