The first Workshop on Security and Privacy in GIS and LBS (SPRINGL 2008) was organized on November 4, 2008 at Irvine (CA) in conjunction with the SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems (ACM GIS 2008). The goal of the SPRINGL workshop series is to provide a forum for researchers working in the area of geospatial data security and privacy. Both security and privacy are critical for geospatial applications because of the dramatic increase and dissemination of geospatial data in several application contexts including homeland security, environmental crises, and natural and industrial disasters. Furthermore, geospatial infrastructures are being leveraged by companies to provide a large variety of location-based services (LBS) able to tailor services to users. However, despite the increase of publicly accessible geospatial information only little attention is being paid to how to secure geospatial information systems (GIS) and LBS. Privacy is also of increasing concern given the sensitivity of personally-identifiable location information. This is despite major advancements that have been made in secure computing infrastructures and the secure and privacy-preserving management of traditional (relational) data in particular. The discussion at the workshop spanned across security and privacy aspects, as they relate to the management of geospatial data and to the development of emerging LBS. The present special issue of Transactions on Data Privacy contains four extended papers, focusing on privacy, that have been selected from the papers presented at SPRINGL 2008.
geospatial data security and privacy, geospatial, geospatial information systems, location-based services
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