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Senator to Propose Location-Based Data Bill

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

January 27, 2011

A U.S. Senator says he'll soon introduce a bill that would require law enforcement agencies to obtain a warrant before accessing location-based data from mobile devices, PC World reports. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) says the law has not kept up with the times when it comes to geotagging and that most Americans would tell you that surreptitious monitoring of their every movement using their cell phone is a "pretty serious intrusion into their privacy...comparable to searching their house or tapping their phone calls." Meanwhile, Microsoft has provided safety tips for location privacy, including not "checking in" to location-based social networking sites from home or including GPS coordinates in blogs or tweets.
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