[OSM-legal-talk] Attribution and user Ids...

SteveC steve at asklater.com
Mon May 22 09:51:56 BST 2006

* @ 22/05/06 12:51:52 AM thomas at walraet.com wrote:
> SteveC a écrit sur talk at openstreetmap.org :
> >
> >>* Will ask for OSM username and password, so stuff gets tagged with the 
> >>uploader's ID.  
> >
> >Stuff already is tagged with ID, it's just not shown yet as I'm
> >privacy-cautious.
> I think it's a point we should talk about. (that's what this list is 
> made for no ?)
> If I participate to an open project as OSM, it's not to be anonymous. 
> I'd like the world to know that (tiny) parts of the data is collected by 
> me. And for the legal aspect, I think it's illegal to distribute OSM 
> data without proper attribution (it's the BY clause of the CC license used).
> -> User ID should be available in REST API and planet.osm. If people 
> tends to think it's a privacy issue, we should put a warning about this 
> on the register page.

Yes, that's cool but what about retrospective privacy definition?

> (My opinion is that we should ask people what name they liked to be used 
> for their contribution's attribution. This allow to give a name that 
> will be used instead of the mail (spam concern), or to give "anonymous" 
> for people who wants to remain anonymous. By adding a field for that on 
> the registration screen, we also give a strong signal to the user that 
> his name (or whatever he will put here) _is_ going to be published)

Yup, that's half there already.

I totally agree that the display name or the user ID should be in the
API, I'd just like the OSMF to define / get a real lawyer-checked
privacy policy first. We have some very privacy conscious people here.
If one of them gets tracked down from their OSM data and fined for
speeding or murdered for stealing a GPS unit, then to the best of my
knowledge it's me that's potentially liable. I can appreciate that I
might look a bit mad but then stranger things have happened.

Oh, and what in the API is giving out the user ID BTW?

have fun,

SteveC steve at asklater.com http://www.asklater.com/steve/

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