[OSM-talk] Potlatch and the destruction of good work (N6 Ireland)

Lars Aronsson lars at aronsson.se
Thu Aug 9 06:42:55 BST 2007

Tom Hughes wrote:

> The situation (as unfortunate as it is) is that I have no 
> authority to release that information, and indeed under UK data 
> protection laws it would quite likely be illegal to do so.
> I certainly don't think the status quo is OK, but not do I think 
> I can just start revealing people's identity on demand.

This is starting to sound ridiculous.  I'm not sure what this 
fight is about, but the reference to UK law seems out of place.

UK data protection law has to follow European Commission 
directives.  The UK must allow businesses and organizations the 
freedom to process and use personal data, or else this would be a 
trade barrier.  The EC's requirement is that people give consent.  
After that, almost anything is allowed, very little is "illegal".  
So please don't blame UK data protection law.  All OSM needs to do 
is to ask consent of each new contributor who signs up.

  Lars Aronsson (lars at aronsson.se)
  Aronsson Datateknik - http://aronsson.se

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