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Hi, if i involve openstreetmap to my website, does it transfers any kind of personal data, which make it necessary to put a osm specific part into my privacy policy?

asked 27 Jun '17, 10:30

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Can you explain in a bit more detail how you "involve openstreetmap to my website"? OpenStreetMap is essentially just a big pile of data - but many people have built services around it, so perhaps your asking a question about one of those services?

(27 Jun '17, 10:51) SomeoneElse ♦

We intigrated a osm map into the contact page of our website, to show our clients our location. (Like the google map, which you can intigrate into your website with a small bit of code) We used this tutorial

(27 Jun '17, 11:16) Useful2213

If you are very concerned about privacy you can run your own tile server on your own infastructure and use that on your website. Then you won't be using any 3rd party things (directly) on your website.

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answered 03 Jul '17, 14:35

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The relevant OSMF privacy policy can be found here

While, as you can see, there is no reason for concern, I would suggest including a link to it in your websites policy.

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answered 28 Jun '17, 09:50

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edited 28 Jun '17, 11:24

If you embed openstreetmap in your site, with script src="" tags, then the user's IP will be made known to openstreetmap. Even that alone may be considered personal data in some circumstances / jurisdictions. Only an attorney who practices in your jurisdiction can give an unqualified answer to your question.

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answered 28 Jun '17, 03:40

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Thanks a lot for your anwser. You mean because the connection to "" the users ip is logged in the serverlog of the webserver?

(28 Jun '17, 10:25) Useful2213

If you are using tiles from the tile servers, that means: you are using standard style tiles, yes then the access are logged on our tile servers.

Note: naturally the same goes for any third party content (for example JS libraries etc) that you use on your web site that you do not host yourself. This is a topic that is largely ignored by data protection officials, but naturally can cause issues.

(28 Jun '17, 11:23) SimonPoole ♦

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