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Re: W3C Privacy Interest Group

From: Carl Reed <creed@opengeospatial.org>
Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2011 16:19:07 -0600
Message-ID: <3AEC9019CAC4462A8E5005E3387B33EA@CarlandSusieOf>
To: <runnegar@isoc.org>
Cc: <public-prov-wg@w3.org>
Thanks, Christine -

FYI, I am the CTO of the Open Geospatial Consortium. OGC Members define, develop, test, document, and maintain interface and encoding standards that support geospatial service and content integration and interoperability. As you know, location and privacy is a really hot topic right now. Interestingly enough, at this point the OGC Members are quite happy to let other groups lead the way for developing standards or best practices related to privacy and location (which is why I work with the IETF GeoPRIV community). 

That said, about 18 months ago, the OGC Board recommended formation of a Spatial Legal committee to consider and discuss the many legal issues related to the use of spatial/location data - and this includes privacy. This group is chaired by a lawyer whose focus is spatial law! He and I have add a number of discussions on privacy, standards, technology, and so forth. His belief is that until the policies are in place, then working standards is not an effective use of time. My belief is that many of the standards and technologies are in place to protect privacy and that we need the policies to actually encode the rules and engage the proper technology. Sort of a chicken and egg discussion.

Anyway http://www.opengeospatial.org/ogc/organization/bod/slpc is the OGC web page on this topic and http://spatiallaw.blogspot.com/ is Kevin's blog.



  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: runnegar@isoc.org 
  To: Carl Reed 
  Cc: public-prov-wg@w3.org 
  Sent: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 3:23 AM
  Subject: Re: W3C Privacy Interest Group

  Dear Carl,

  Thank you for the pointers to the IETF GeoPRIV Working Group and OMA.

  As I understand it, the W3C Privacy Interest Group has not been formed as yet.

  There is also a current proposal for a W3C Tracking Protection Working Group (see draft charter at http://www.w3.org/2011/tracking-protection/charter-draft).

  Briefly, the IETF, IAB, W3C, ISOC, the Kantara Initiative, OASIS and others are working in the area of online privacy, sometimes on separate projects and sometimes on collaborative projects. For example, in December 2010, the IAB, W3C, ISOC and MIT jointly sponsored an Internet Privacy Workshop entitled: How can Technology help to improve Privacy on the Internet?

  (Link to information regarding the workshop on the IAB website: 


  If you or anyone else in the Prov WG would be interested in learning more about various privacy activities being undertaken by the Internet technical community, I could put you in touch with the relevant people and/or provide a brief overview in one of our calls.



  -----Original Message-----
  From: "Carl Reed" <creed@opengeospatial.org>
  Sent: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 12:08am
  To: runnegar@isoc.org, public-prov-wg@w3.org
  Subject: Re: W3C Privacy Interest Group


  Need to read the charter. I wonder if the W3C group is familiar with the privacy/location standards work being done and the standards completed by the IETF GeoPRIV Working Group. They have been at it since about 2003. And OMA has also done a fair amount of work in the privacy area.

    ----- Original Message -----
    From: runnegar@isoc.org
    To: public-prov-wg@w3.org
    Sent: Tuesday, July 19, 2011 1:36 PM
    Subject: W3C Privacy Interest Group

    Hi all.

    The W3C is proposing a Privacy Interest Group: http://www.w3.org/2011/07/privacy-ig-charter.

    Would it be useful to ask the W3C to include:

    Provenance Working Group

    Experience from the Provenance Working Group may be useful in considering the best way to exchange data about personal data (e.g. specified use, consent, duration, custody)

    in the charter at item 3.1 (Dependencies and Liaisons)?



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