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Hustinx Says Location Data Is Personal Data

PRIVACY LAW—EU

May 17, 2011

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has said that geolocation constitutes personal data, PC World reports. "Location data is certainly, in many instances, private data, and there then follows the obligations to inform users, and the opportunity to opt in or opt out," said EDPS Peter Hustinx. The opinion has been approved by the Article 29 Working Party and will be posted on the party's public website later this week. The European Commission is currently reviewing the European Data Protection Directive and could include geolocation in the law's revision if the working group's recommendations are accepted, the report states.
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