Working Party: Geolocation Rules Would Apply to Employers, Too
PRIVACY LAW—EUMay 19, 2011
eWEEK reports on the Article 29 Working Party's approval of the European Data Protection Supervisor's (EDPS) decision requiring mobile service operators to obtain consent before collecting or sharing users' location data. EDPS Peter Hustinx has said that location data is private. The Working Party's opinion paper says, "The default should be that location services are 'off,' and users may granularly consent to the switching 'on' of specific applications." The ruling would also apply to employers aiming to track employees. It would require employers to make a case that it's "demonstrably necessary" to track the user, and the user must be able to turn tracking off outside of work hours.