Personal identification and geoinformation technologies

Legal issues and implications

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Geoinformation technology includes remote sensing (RS) and geographic information (GI) systems. Geoinformation technologies rely on spatial attributes as well as informational characteristics. Used together the technology provides the 'intelligence' to track people, their shopping and travel habits, and other activities in space. Such technologies have begun to play important and crucial roles in development, business, agriculture and monitoring. Both RS and GI have the potential to be fundamental technologies for any of application area. However, both can also be tainted with the spectre of being totally intrusive to the extent of identifying of people, places, their homes. Hence, the uses to which such technology are employed will depend wholly on the users as well as the rules and obligations that are imposed on such technologies. Here ethical and privacy concerns come foremost to mind and one may ask what protections against the misuse of these technologies exist. This paper examines the emergent legal issues, the legislation in place and industry practice in monitoring the use (and misuse) of spatial data in different countries. There may be a lack of understanding of privacy issues raised by such technology, and yet there may also be legal issues and implications arising that need addressing.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication29th Asian Conference on Remote Sensing 2008, ACRS 2008
PublisherAsian Association on Remote Sensing
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9781615676156
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2008
Event29th Asian Conference on Remote Sensing 2008, ACRS 2008 - Colombo, Sri Lanka
Duration: 10 Nov 200814 Nov 2008


Conference29th Asian Conference on Remote Sensing 2008, ACRS 2008
CountrySri Lanka


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Cho, G. (2008). Personal identification and geoinformation technologies: Legal issues and implications. In 29th Asian Conference on Remote Sensing 2008, ACRS 2008 (Vol. 2, pp. 1320-1326). Asian Association on Remote Sensing.