Simson Garfinkel gave a talk a while back that examined the “Code of Fair Information Practices”, developed originally by a U.S. government task force and described thusly:
• There must be no personal data record-keeping systems whose very existence is secret.
• There must be a way for a person to find out what information about the person is in a record and how it is used.
• There must be a way for a person to prevent information about the person that was obtained for one purpose from being used or made available for other purposes without the person’s consent.
• There must be a way for a person to correct or amend a record of identifiable information about the person.
• Any organization creating, maintaining, using, or disseminating records of identifiable personal data must assure the reliability of the data for their intended use and must take precautions to prevent misuses of the data.
Is this a useful model for how sensing data should be handled? It certainly is not being followed now. We do need to look at this list and ask whether it infringes on freedom of speech, though — see the third bullet above, for example. Sticky issues! —Chris Peterson