[OSM-dev] [bug] direction of GPS traces
frederik at remote.org
Tue Apr 14 16:46:20 BST 2009
Karl Newman wrote:
> I've been around OSM for a few years now and I was not aware "private" GPS
> trackpoints were available for download.
Firstly, the API does not talk of "private" GPS tracks. It only gives
you a checkbox saying "public".
> I looked in a couple obvious places
> on the Wiki ( and ) by following the Help link on the upload page and
> the availability of non-public trackpoints is not mentioned anywhere.
I have fixed the description on the Help page.
> Perhaps that fact could be made overtly clear on the upload page (i.e., a
> checkbox with a disclaimer "I understand that by not checking Public it
> doesn't really mean anything")
That would be wrong. A GPX trace not marked as "public" is only a cloud
of lat/lon points. Nobody can see who uploaded it, when it was uploaded,
or which points belong to the same trace.
> for the paranoid among us that had the
> illusion of privacy
If you want privacy, don't upload your data. The paranoid among us are,
and have always been, living by that rule.
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