The ability to know where someone is at all times, or to make your own whereabouts publicly known via a social network is fraught with potential privacy issues.
The Guardian reports
that the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, is today launching the London Datastore, a website hosting hundreds of sets of data, including previously unreleased information, about the capital, as part of a new scheme intended to encourage people to create "mashups" of data to boost the city's transparency and accountability.
The London Datastore will be fully open from 29 January. The UK government is reportedly working on a similar site, data.gov.uk, which is also expected to be unveiled this month under the auspices of Tim Berners-Lee. Says the article:
Johnson has been a strong advocate of open data, having campaigned in 2008 on the promise that he would introduce crime maps, despite misgivings of some senior police officers. The Metropolitan Police did however quickly implement crime mapping in London, following the lead that … Continue Reading ››
in ComputerWeekly.com ("Department of Transport works on body scan code of practice"), Ian Grant reported on the lack of current government plans to store body scans of air passengers, in the wake of concerns that processing and storing images could breach the privacy of individuals. The Department of Transport is quoted as saying that all images will be deleted as soon as each subject is cleared for take-off, and the department is developing a code of practice for airport operators so as to ensure passenger privacy.
Over in the USA the American Civil Liberties Union
claims that the black and white scans "amount to a virtual strip search", since they reveal, among other things, the subject's genitalia and any implants. Says the UK's Department of Transport:
"There are obviously privacy issues related … Continue Reading ››