European Data Protection Digest

Working Party, EDPS: Location Data Is Personal Data

PRIVACY LAW—EU

May 20, 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, as approved by the Article 29 Working Party, would also require employers to make a case that it's "demonstrably necessary" to track employees. 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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