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Launching the Locus Charter

EthicalGEO is proud to partner with the Benchmark Initiative to launch the Locus Charter, a set of guidelines promoting the ethical and responsible use of location data around the world.  The Locus Charter stemmed out of a partnership between EthicalGEO and the Benchmark Initiative first made in 2019.  Over the course of the last year …

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Digital Privacy on the Ballot

On November 3rd, long before U.S. voters learned the results of the 2020 presidential election, some digital privacy advocates scored an electoral victory in California. Voters in the Golden State voted to pass California Proposition 24: California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA). CPRA serves as an addendum to the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which went …

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How Location is Tracked During Protests

After protesters gathered in at least 140 cities across the country in response to the murder of George Floyd on May 25, many activists began calling attention to the privacy risks to demostrators posed by location tracking technologies in the current surveillance age. Mobile location tracking techniques designed to monitor the spread of COVID-19 were …

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99 Problems for Google Maps

The internet got a laugh this week when we realized just how easily one person can influence something as seemingly infallible as Google Maps. Berlin-based artist Simon Weckert pulled a wagon full of 99 phones at a walking pace down empty city streets and tricked the world’s preeminent mapping platform into thinking Berlin’s traffic was …

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CCPA, Explained

On January 1, California instituted the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), a law designed to protect consumer data and enhance privacy rights for state residents. You may have heard about CCPA in national legislative debates over privacy or followed the backlash from tech companies, but what exactly is the new privacy law? And what does …

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