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Wyden Discusses Mobile Privacy Bill

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

February 2, 2011

In an interview with CNET's Declan McCullagh, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) discussed his forthcoming mobile privacy legislation. Wyden suggests that many people "have not really put their arms around the dimensions of this, the fact that everybody's got a handheld electronic device, a cell phone, a GPS system...and probably aren't thinking that much about the fact that someone may be keeping tabs on them." Wyden's goal is to get a bill before the U.S. Congress, he explains, adding he is encouraged by stakeholders' responses. Wyden adds that balance is essential, where those who pose threats to national security can be tracked while law-abiding American citizens don't end up with "their privacy thrown in a trash can."
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