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Firms Oppose Geolocation Legislation

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

July 20, 2010

MAPPS, the national association of geospatial firms, has written to the U.S. Congress with concerns about privacy legislation proposed by Rep. Rick Boucher (D-VA) that would limit the use of "precise geolocation information," The American Surveyor reports. The association is concerned that the limitations would threaten information collected for such practices as emergency response management, home security and mortgage foreclosure monitoring, the report states. MAPPS has urged Boucher to clarify the term "precise geolocation information" and make other changes to the bill's language. "The intent of the bill drafted by Rep. Boucher--to protect personal privacy--is laudable, but in its current form, the provisions would result in a number of unintended consequences," said MAPPS President Jeff Lovin.
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