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== Community development ==
[[Develop]]mentDevelopment of the software behind OpenStreetMap is a community effort, with many developers involved and work taking place on many separate [[components]]. Generally a good level of care is being taken to ensure that personal information of [[Map Making Overview|mapper]]s contributing to the project,contributors will not fall into the wrong hands. This has come about as a series of independent decisions within the design of the various components. The following descriptions are a de facto accumulation of this into a 'privacy policy' describing how we work with the data. We are working to improve the technology to offer a more coherent privacy model.
You should always view OpenStreetMap systems and software with a questioning mind, and feel free to raise any concerns you have about matters of privacy via our [[https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Contact_channels Contact]] channels.]
== Other Policies ==
As well as privacy issues, users and contributors ''must'' also be aware of the [http://www.openstreetmap.org/copyright OpenStreetMap License]. This includes [[disclaimer|https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Disclaimer disclaimers]]. We also have an [[https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Acceptable_Use_Policy Acceptable Use Policy]] covering various types of server usage.
== Privacy Policy ==
=== GPS Trace Data ===
The uploading of GPS data is entirely optional and not a prerequisite for contributions to OpenStreetMap. If you do submit GPS data it is uploaded in the form of individual GPX files. These are kept as raw files, as well as imported into the database. GPX files can be marked "[[Visibilityhttps://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Visibility_of_GPS_traces of GPS traces|public]]" by the uploader; this is completely unrelated to the option of making one's ''edits'' "public".
When GPS data for an area is downloaded via the API no indication is provided of which user uploaded a point, or of the timestamp that was associated with the point. Points are however returned in timestamp order. GPS data downloaded in this way will include points from traces which were not marked as public.
If you have questions or concerns with respect to this policy, please contact the OSMF at [mailto:legal-questions@osmfoundation.org legal-questions@osmfoundation.org] or start a public discussion via our [[https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Contact_channels Contact channels]].