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Bill Expected To See Wide Support

GEO PRIVACY—U.S.

March 22, 2011

CNET reports on Sen. Ron Wyden's (D-OR) bill that would provide privacy protections for geolocation information. Once introduced, the Geolocational Privacy and Surveillance Act (GPS Act) would seek to require law enforcement to obtain a warrant before accessing information related to a wireless device or GPS system, for example. The bill will likely gain "strong support" from Internet companies, civil libertarians and wireless carriers, "many of which have joined a coalition saying that location information should be accessed only with a warrant," the report states. The bill would require court evidence relating to location data be thrown out if procedures weren't followed and allows for civil lawsuits and damages in cases where location data is inappropriately accessed and used.
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