[OSM-talk] Draft updated privacy policy

Simon Poole simon at poole.ch
Mon Aug 22 17:43:58 UTC 2016

Way way back I sent the mail below to the list. Now that the big road
block is gone (thanks to TomH for merging
https://github.com/openstreetmap/openstreetmap-website/pull/1036 ), I
intend to move the updated document forward.


Forward in this case implies that we (the LWG) are going to ask the OSMF
to elevate the document to a formal policy document (for the various
caveats that apply to the document see below).

If there are any last minute comments, suggestions, that are in the
scope of this update, please either make them here or on the documents
talk page.


Am 16.06.2015 um 13:17 schrieb Simon Poole:
> And now for something completely different.
> I've produced an updated version of the OSM privacy policy:
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Updated_Privacy_Policy (the original
> resides here: http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Privacy_Policy).
> This is largely a private undertaking, it however has been available to
> stakeholders in the original document and the relevant OSMF working
> groups for comments and suggestions which have been worked in to the text.
> The LWG has somewhere on its to-do list an item on a complete review and
> rewrite of the privacy policy, this is not a replacement for that. It is
> however likely that whoever does that rewrite would refer to this
> document or the original privacy policy for the OSM related specifics.
> Neither the original policy nor this document are published and/or
> approved OSMF documents, but they should likely be considered for that,
> at least until a full rewrite is completed.
> My motivation was mainly that there are some things that should be in
> the document that are not, and the complications that a complete rewrite
> as in for example https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Privacy_policy
> will entail.
> All that said, the changes are, with one exception, likely
> uncontroversial and simply document what is current practice. Obvious
> and clear for old hands, probably not so for newcomers.
> The exception is the addition of a clause that allows us (the OSM
> community) to use information submitted to an OSMF run services to be
> used to support improving the OSM data. Right now the only use of this
> that I could think of is to mine nominatim queries for missing
> addresses, postcodes and the like. The is currently NOT done, because it
> is a potential touchy issue, but it would have some obvious benefits.
> Comments on the draft are likely best added to the discussion page.
> Please keep the scope of any comments limited to the changes and not to
> untouched original text, one day there will be a complete rewrite and
> that will be the time to address any other issues.
> Simon
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