I am going to keep my political comments out of this blog post. Instead, what strikes me as a geographer is the realization by society that personal spatial data, the geography of an individual, is so powerful and easily available. Local businesses seek to obtain location data on smart phones, advertisers desire to know where website visitors come from, regular people use FourSquare to see where their social network is at, and police desire to know the movements of suspects' cars at all times.
The want to know where other people are and where they come from is as old as humanity itself. What has changed is that geospatial technology has made such information easily quantitative in spreadsheet form. This distilled information easily becomes power. As technology improves expect personal spatial data to become one of the biggest privacy and legal concerns of the twenty-first century. The battle is already being waged on Facebook..,