National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis
Unit 70 - Legal Issues
- Author(s): Unit 70, CC in GIS
- Epstein, Earl
- Editor(s): Goodchild, Michael F.
- Kemp, Karen K.
- et al.
This unit examines legal issues surrounding GIS. As a legal and economic entity, information may be quantified, owned, valuated, and used as evidence to resolve conflict, though none of these tasks is trivial. Liability scenarios—including errors in represented location and inappropriate uses of data—are discussed along with access and ownership issues, such as privacy and confidentiality, copyright and conflict of laws.