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Congress Reviews Concerns over Location-Based Mobile Data

GEO PRIVACY—U.S.

February 25, 2010

Congress is taking a closer look at location-based technologies and their potential impact on consumer privacy and safety, Clickz.com reports. During the House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet's joint hearing with the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection Wednesday, several witnesses advocated for privacy legislation to regulate commercial use of location-based mobile data. Some legislators stressed that new regulations must not inhibit industry innovation, while others said it is more important to have easily accessible privacy controls available to consumers. "I think you can expect to see this emerge as part of a larger legislative item," said Rep. Rick Boucher, chairman of the Communications, Technology, and the Internet subcommittee.
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