Overview of Legal Issues

George CHO

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This paper presents an overview of some of the legal issues pertaining to privacy in relation to high resolution imaging obtained from remote sensing platforms. The technology has given rise to conflicts and uncertainty in many spheres not least being those relating to the identification of individuals and raising privacy concerns. The legal implications of such conflicts and uncertainty can be severe
and wide-ranging. Experts in remote sensing by necessity are responsive and attentive to the rapid progress in technology. Legal practice and the law on the other hand are by design both reactive and slow to evolve. The half century of the so-called Space Age of space explorations has been accompanied by developments in international law and cooperation. This is evidenced by the five multilateral treaties and five resolutions and declarations that have been sponsored by the United Nations (UN) and more particularly the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS). No other dimension of human activity has been so well shadowed by international cooperation and legal development (see Historical Background below).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCurrent Legal Issues for Satellite Earth Observation
Subtitle of host publicationTreaty Verification and Law Enforcement through Satellite Earth Observation. Privacy Conflicts from High Resolution Imaging
EditorsMatxalen Sanchez Aranzamendi, Rainer Sandau, Kai-Uwe Schrogi
Place of PublicationVienna, Austria
PublisherEuropean Space Policy Institute (ESPI)
Number of pages24
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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