Liability Associated with Geographic Information

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Abstract

Legal liability refers to a subjection to a legal obligation or the obligation itself. In the language of the law, one becomes “liable” or incurs a legal liability when one commits a wrong or breaks a contract or trust. Legal liability may be either civil or criminal according to whether it is enforced in a civil or criminal court of law. Creating, providing, and/or using geographic information (GI) may attract obligations of a legal nature. For creators, providers, and users of GI, legal liabilities may stem from a failure to fulfill or comply with the term of a written or oral agreement through to wrongful acts (torts), including the failure to act and causing another party to suffer harm, economic loss, or damage
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Geographic Information Science
EditorsKaren K. Kemp
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherSAGE Publications Ltd
ISBN (Electronic)9781412953962
ISBN (Print)9781412913133
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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    CHO, G. (2007). Liability Associated with Geographic Information. In K. K. Kemp (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Geographic Information Science SAGE Publications Ltd. https://doi.org/10.4135/9781412953962.n115