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Senate Committee's Smartphone Hearing Today

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

May 10, 2011

CNN reports on today's scheduled hearing before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law amid concerns raised about the "privacy quicksand" of incidents such as mobile device tracking and sharing users' location information. Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) has indicated he is happy that "Google and Apple aren't sidestepping the hearing that will look into whether federal consumer privacy laws are keeping pace as technology advances," the report states. "There are numerous ways in which this information could be abused by criminals and bad actors," Franken stated. Meanwhile, a report in The Wall Street Journal suggests that mobile devices' collection of location data is "the tip of the iceberg...Auto makers, insurance companies and even shopping malls are experimenting with new ways to use this kind of data."
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