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Privacy and Security of Geospatial Information

  • By: Daniel W. Goldberg
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

The concept of privacy of geospatial information pertains to the amount of personal or otherwise sensitive information that can be gleaned directly from the contents of one data source or indirectly when one source is analyzed in combination with other data sources. The concept of security of geospatial information relates to the set of rules or practices that enforces who can access what data, under what circumstances, and by what means. The collection, storage, dissemination, and use of geospatial information are often seen as requiring special care with regard to both of these concepts because these data are highly descriptive and often contain personally identifying or potentially damaging, dangerous, or sensitive information. The wide variety of types, uses, and content of geospatial information requires that ...

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