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Dietrich Diez S.,Referatsleiter im Landesamt fur Geoinformation und Landentwicklung LGL Baden Wurttemberg | Ernest McCutcheon K.,Digital Data Services GmbH | Michael Rosler-Goy M.,Landesamt fur Vermessung und Geoinformation LVG Bayern
Kartographische Nachrichten | Year: 2012

Over the last years the market for spatial data has slowly begun to free itself from copyright-based restrictions. Due especially to regulations of the European Union and accompanied by the activities of OpenStreetMap, the market is moving in the direction of "spatial data for everyone". An unexpected obstruction has appeared on the path to this goal: Privacy Protection regulations. Aerial images with high ground resolution and the systematic collection of building fronts have made government data protection officials sound the alarm and have raised the question: do spatial data endanger a person's personality rights? This article comes to the conclusion, that government agencies have the mandate to make available and use spatial data. This specialized legal mandate has priority over general data protection laws. If commercial interests use spatial data responsibly, then the personality rights of individuals will also not be affected.

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