Hi, i wanted to talk a bit about geoprivacy and sensitive datas
In France (at least, but i guess for others coutries too), exact locations of vulnerable species are kept hidden, except for environnemental managers (Natural parcs, Reserves etc.).
Inaturalist allows anyone to know the exact locations, which can become a problem in terms of protection of the species, especialy in popular spots.
I think it might be a good thing, to automatically turn the location into “hidden” if a taxon categorized VU, EN, CR is determined.
This is already exactly what happens with iNaturalist. Any taxa with a conservation status of near threatened or above have their true location randomly scrambled into a roughly 0.2 x 0.2 degree box (which ends up to be around 400km^2).
The only time this obscuration gets turned off is if the threatened species in question is threatened by processes such as climate change (i.e. nothing related to poaching, collection etc).
Taxa can also be set to get obscured upon upload even if they don’t have a conservation status, if the threat of poaching/collection is very high. Similarly, any user can manually obscure the locations of any of their observations if they feel the need to
In cases like this, observations of this taxon will be obscured if observed in the region where it’s CR, and won’t be where it’s LC. However, this will only work if the taxon in question is marked as CR for that region on iNat. All taxa have to have conservation statuses manually added in iNat