3D Map of Sydney Raises Privacy Concerns

by Matt Ball on September 19, 2008

There’s an interesting feature in today’s Sydney Morning Herald that raises privacy concerns regarding the amount of information that is available in the city’s geographic information system. The story discusses plans by AAMHAtch to build a detailed 3D city, and then goes on to discuss concerns of civil libertarians about the amount of data that can be captured in the city’s GIS system. The article states that the GIS system is the most widely used internal product that the council uses.

There’s a nice quote here from Jon Fairall, editor of Australia’s Position magazine.

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Steve L September 21, 2008 at 7:08 pm

It’s interesting that they have air quotes around “spatial information” as though it’s a made-up phrase.

There was another article recently at http://www.smh.com.au/news/technology/they-know-where-you-live-big-council-is-watching-you/2008/09/17/1221330929855.html

This one was interesting as it portrayed Google as the good guys, and GIS professionals as the privacy violators. There is no attempt to explain the positive benefits of GIS.

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