Data privacy for at-risk species

Elizabeth Bondi and I were concerned by the assumption that geo-obfuscating the GPS location of data (ie random jitter within some range) would be sufficient to preserve location privacy, particularly when publishing camera trap data. We dug into it a bit and found that some very simple methods could massively reduce the search area, and wrote it up for the AI for Animals workshop at CVPR this year (attached to this thread).  I'd love to have a conversation about best practices on publishing data for at-risk species, and brainstorm how we can still allow de-siloed, cross-organization research without putting sensitive species at risk.

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