Overview of Issues Concerning Confidentiality and Spatial Data
Geographic information systems (GIS) play a vital role within a variety of research settings. However, the use of such spatial data means that confidentiality and privacy issues relevant to these data must be carefully addressed.
The MEASURE GIS working group authored a white paper, "Overview of Issues Concerning Confidentiality and Spatial Data", that presents the current literature on the topic of confidentiality and spatial data. It is intended to provide guidance on the issue. The document provides an overview of the terms that are important to the discussion, and then presents some examples of spatial risks to confidentiality. An overview of approaches that have been proposed for preserving confidentiality is then presented.