Legal Issues Relating to GIS
These materials are under development. You may use them, but please acknowledge
their source and authors: Margaret Lynch and Kenneth E. Foote, The Geographer's
Craft Project, Department of Geography, University of Texas at Austin.
Please send comments and suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org . All commercial
Legal issues are becoming as important as any other in promoting or
limiting the development of GIS technology. Certainly legal considerations
must now be kept in mind during the creation and implementation of large
public and private GIS projects. Debate focuses on a number of key issues
Freedom of Information Act
Fundamental Questions Have Arisen
Have Three Basic Choices
How much public information do private citizens have the right to demand
Can government agencies recover costs by selling public data
Federal Information Reform Act
They can bear the full cost of information generation and distribution
They can recover distribution costs
They can attempt to generate income
Kinds of Liability
There a Right to Check and Appeal Information Held in a GIS?
the Government Set Limits on Encryption
and the Value of Public Informtion
and Study Questions
Last revised 16 October 1999. LNC.