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Evans Expects Safeguards in 3-D Mapping

ONLINE PRIVACY—NEW ZEALAND

September 6, 2012

Assistant Privacy Commissioner Katrine Evans says she expects the firm Terralink to put privacy protections in place as it creates a three-dimensional map of New Zealand, reports The Dominion Post. While "spatial data doesn't in itself necessarily create a major increase in privacy risk…the technology involves high-resolution imagery,” Evans said. She expects the company would blur or pixelate images to “de-identify people and vehicles." Terralink Managing Director Mike Donald says the company is “capturing what anyone can see walking or driving down the street,” and he does not see any privacy issues with the plan. He adds that the imagery is similar to that of a 2008 project passed through Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff.
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