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OpenPaths - Request to use your data

posted Mar 19, 2012, 7:52 AM by Bill Schuller   [ updated Mar 19, 2012, 7:56 AM ]
I received a request for permission from the OpenPaths service to use my data in two different contexts. It is a shining example of a permissive approach to data privacy in which I grant permission to use my data for specific purposes. If I don't want to let Kraft use my data to decide where to increase process foods advertising, then I can shun them. Missing from this model is the "Entity Y would like to access your OpenPaths data generated between 01Jan2011 and 31Dec2011 in exchange for $20".

From: OpenPaths <>
Date: March 17, 2012 7:28:16 PM CDT
Subject: Request for access to your OpenPaths data

Hi billschuller,

The following projects would like to access your OpenPaths data:

Mapping Habitual Geographies by The New York Times R&D Lab
The Research and Development Lab at the New York Times is developing algorithms that identify and map the places we visit every day.

Tourists patterns in Spain by The Data Republic
Unveiling mobility and consumption patterns of tourists visiting Spain.

Please visit your data page at to get more information on the request and to approve or deny access to your data.

With OpenPaths, you leverage the value of the data you produce toward projects that you believe are worthwhile. Your information is valuable to researchers, artists, and technologists who want to work with location, and by contributing your data you become an active collaborator. For more information, see the FAQ.

- the OpenPaths team