[Osmf-talk] hosting in the UK and "anti-terror legislation"

Simon Poole simon at poole.ch
Mon Sep 9 14:11:31 UTC 2013

Just trying to catch this before it explodes. Every new sign up gets a 
link to our privacy policy before they actually start the process, the 
document itself is, for OSM, quite clear on what to expect and what not. 
What is an issue is that there are no translations at this point in time.


PS: see http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Privacy_Policy

Am 09.09.2013 14:56, schrieb Jaak Laineste (Nutiteq):
> On 09.09.2013, at 15:33, Martin Koppenhoefer <dieterdreist at gmail.com 
> <mailto:dieterdreist at gmail.com>> wrote:
>> 2013/9/9 Jonathan Bennett <jonobennett at gmail.com 
>> <mailto:jonobennett at gmail.com>>
>>     Just to clarify, when we talk about "privacy" in OSM terms, I
>>     assume we
>>     mean "the inability to link an OSM identity to a real-world identity
>>     when that person doesn't wish that to happen"?
>>     Every *activity* by an OSM user is necessarily public, so there's no
>>     privacy there, and nor should there be. Unless I'm missing something?
>> yes, I intended privacy for an individual user not being identified 
>> as a real world person. FWIW this is also a human right...
> I support clear "OSM privacy statement" right to the front page of 
> OSM. Most of us in this list (advanced users) can assume what private 
> data he/she reveals by making edits, uploading GPX traces etc, but for 
> the million other contributors there should be clear information 
> (warning) what anyone from internet can see and deduct from it (your 
> edits may easily reveal your physical locations), what our 
> administrators will see, and what certain agencies (including their 
> contractors, ex-contractors and possibly next employees of un-loyal 
> ex-contractors) may get and deduct due to legal and possibly secret 
> obligations.
> Most possibly we cannot provide total end-to-end privacy (in terms of 
> anonymity), this would be too expensive. Users deserve to be be aware 
> of that.
> Jaak
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