Agnieszka Leszczynski, ‘Geoprivacy’

Location is uniquely sensitive in terms of the kinds of things that it reveals about us as individuals and the ways in which those disclosures are made. This chapter examines the ways in which the rapid proliferation and resulting pervasiveness of spatial media are radically reconfiguring norms and expectations around locational privacy. Existing definitions of locational are individualistic, emphasizing a negatively defined rights oriented approach to privacy – for example, the right to not have one’s location monitored. Privacy, however, is being relocated from the individual to the network, where privacy violations and harms increasingly occur beyond the site of the individual. Encompassing more than solely location, a broadened concept of ‘geoprivacy’ must account for the emergent complex of potential privacy harms and violations that may arise from a number of nascent realities of living in a spatial big data present: i) from the spatial-media enabled pervasive capture and repurposing of individuals’ personal spatial – relational and spatio-temporal data; ii) from the ways in which individuals cast digital footprints as they move across the numerous sensor networks of smart cities; iii) from the circulation and analytics of these data, which position individuals as spatially vulnerable in various and unprecedented ways; and, iv) from the inability of individuals to control highly personal flows of spatial information about themselves in networked device and data ecologies.

2015 pre-publication (pre-edited) version of Leszczynski A (2017) Geoprivacy. In Kitchin R, Wilson MW and Laurialt TP (eds), Understanding Spatial Media. SAGE. pp. 239-248.

First posted 2017-04-01 10:48:20

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