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07 July 2021

EthicalGEO launches a proposed international charter for responsible use of location data

Locus Charter

EthicalGEO launches a proposed international charter for responsible use of location data. The Locus Charter proposes that wider, shared understanding of risks and solutions relating to uses of location data can improve standards of practice, and help protect individuals and the public interest.

The Charter is written for individuals and organizations who use location data or have responsibility for activities that create, collect, analyze and store location data.

Since 2019, the Benchmark and EthicalGEO initiatives have supported international dialogues with geospatial professionals and organizations, to explore what it means to use location data responsibly in different contexts. These dialogues have strongly suggested that common international principles could help users of geospatial data make more informed decisions, and provide the basis for communication with people affected by those decisions. 

Developing common global principles must be a collaborative activity, respecting international contexts and perspectives. The Locus Charter as presented here was developed through our initial international workshops, and forms the basis for further collaboration. 

More info can be found here.

Read the charter here.

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