[Tagging] [OSM-talk] "Limitations on mapping private information" - wiki page

bkil bkil.hu+Aq at gmail.com
Wed Sep 16 15:19:01 UTC 2020

You misunderstood me. I don't _care_ about private swimming pools and
I don't think they are public interest. I don't think that mapping
them can get us trouble with GDPR. You see that's my problem with a
page like this: it blurs the line between ethics, legals and
recommending to map things that add the greatest value to the largest
number of users. I think these should have their separate pages.

On Wed, Sep 16, 2020 at 4:39 PM Paul Allen <pla16021 at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, 16 Sep 2020 at 14:47, bkil <bkil.hu+Aq at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Private swimming pools aren't that interesting but people seem to
>> enjoy tracing them. Maybe in case of emergency they could be used as a
>> nearby water source by the fire brigade?
> Depending on the terrain, they may be visible and serve as navigational
> references.  "If I'm where I think I am, there should be a house with a
> swimming pool in that direction."
> Also, swimming pools are not people and have no right to privacy under
> the GDPR.
> Also, aerial imagery exists.  People can look at such imagery in Google
> Maps, Bing Maps, etc.  If you don't want people knowing you have
> a swimming pool then build a cover over it or bribe all the aerial imagery
> companies to doctor their images so your swimming pool isn't visible.
>> From the privacy section, am I reading correctly that you suggest that
>> you find it acceptable to map each tomb in a cemetery by name?
> I've mapped a few tombs by name.  They're large, elaborate, and
> (most importantly) are "listed buildings" meaning they are of
> cultural significance and protected by law.  I wouldn't bother
> mapping any other tombs in a cemetery, not unless I ran out
> of things to map (that isn't going to happen).
>> I think you are trying to basically gather "mapping ethics", and maybe
>> this should be better be done in Wikipedia because it does not only
>> concern OpenStreetMap, but any mapping provider.
> And what if OSM feels those generic mapping ethics are too lax?
> We'll end up with our own, one way or another.  Even if it's only
> guidance as to how to interpret generic ethics in the context of
> the OSM mapping model.
> --
> Paul
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