The Centre for Spatial Law and Policy
Commercial imaging satellites, satellite navigation devices, mobile phones, web mapping services (WMS), geographic information systems (GIS), location based services (LBS), radio frequency identification (RFID) and Global Positioning System (GPS) - geospatial and location data is being collected, analyzed, visualized, used and distributed around the clock and around the world and is increasingly critical for numerous commercial, governmental and consumer purposes . Moreover, this technology is necessary for the development of smart grids, smart cities and intelligent transportation systems.
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However, laws and policies with respect to this technology on issues such as privacy, data quality, intellectual property rights and national security are undefined, inconsistent and/or unclear. As a result, while the technology and “business case” now exists for a “location-enabled society, the lack of a legal and policy framework could prevent the technology from reaching its full potential.
The mission of the Centre for Spatial Law and Policy is to educate lawyers, businesses, government agencies, policymakers and regulators on the unique legal and policy issues associated with geospatial technology and the associated data. This will help businesses and governments understand how laws and policies may impact their current and future operations, support the development of consistent and transparent legal and policy frameworks at the national level as well as facilitate the collection, analysis and distribution of geospatial data to address critical transnational issues such as climate change, food shortages, and pandemics.
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