[open-government] National legal barriers to open data in Europe
Stefan de Konink
stefan at konink.de
Wed Jan 5 09:52:17 GMT 2011
On Wed, 5 Jan 2011, Christian Laux wrote:
> 2. if the KVK does in fact contain email address information,
> and if the Swiss court is correct to state it is mandatory to republish
> information "as is", this shows that there is no restriction from the data
> side to republish the data.
Don't think so narrow minded in the new information age, the biggest
concern is analogue spam... which basically results in much more hassle
than electronic versions. The regulation (obviously) applies to both.
The point is thus: the data can be public domain (by law) and use of any
data for commercial (e)mail can be regulated (by law). 'Direct mail' uses
a source, like e-mail spam does. By hidden markers in address information
it is easy to pinpoint the source of this data.
The last (significant) Dutch concern was a company registry, that had the
same abbrevation as the 'Chambre of Commerce', they bought a commercial
address file and started to write invoices... it was big news...
Secondary Google's 'lets publish all corporate info on a map' included
personal addresses (even my parents one with THEIR name, while not having
a business) and retirement pension corporations. (In The Netherlands you
can basically setup a private company that has the sole purpose of
supporting yourself in retirement. Obviously not something you want to
have published as business on Google.) The latter companies get spammed
daily by people wanting to sell stuff that profits 'on the long run'...
regulation is needed, I totally believe in this.
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