Technical companies like Google, Apple and Uber should be forced to share map data with rivals and public sector, the British government has been informed by a data protection group.
In a report published today, the Open Data Institute (ODI) said that "data monopoly" worsened innovation in the UK. These companies duplicate each other's efforts, said the report, while using their big economic arguing to get insurmountable prospects over competitors. If they shared data, they said, then many services and new technology – like drone delivery services and self-propelled cars ̵
ODI is an influential group in the UK, founded by Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, and Nigel Shadbolt, a professor of artificial intelligence at Oxford University. The report was published before the British Government's forthcoming review of the National Geospatial Strategy, which will lead to all possible changes in legislation.
Nevertheless, it is not clear which laws the United Kingdom can introduce to force such data sharing, or whether there is any Widespread Political Report for such changes.
In the ODI's report, authors discover that geospatial data is an important resource in the digital age, which is used to lead decisions in "almost every aspect of life and across all sectors of our economy." The British government has previously estimated that if such data was widely shared, it could generate between $ 7 billion and $ 14 billion extra revenue for the country.
Jeni Tennison, CEO of Open Data Institute, said that while large technology companies only try to deliver good customer service, status quo is not optimal. Tennison told Financial Times ]: "The big companies become more like computer monopoly and it does not give us the best value of our data."
ODI's report provides interesting reading in a climate that increases the distrust of technological monopolies. In the United States, monopoly violations are being done against Facebook, Amazon, Google and others. Geospatial data is not the most discussed aspect of this debate, but as ODI notes, this information is too important to forget.