While ethics deals with how people act towards themselves and one another, geoethics deals with how location-based information or geographical data intersects with people and society (through their activities). It helps us all grapple with how posting pictures online could compromise spatial privacy by potentially giving away the owner’s location and whereabouts. For example, the site https://iknowwhereyourcatlives.com hosts geotagged images of cats, which have been uploaded to social media platforms such as Flickr, Instagram, and Twitpic. While the website identifies the location of cats, it also gives away the owner’s location, which can be a threat to their spatial privacy.
3 hour module