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Lawmakers Take on Tracking Practices

GEO PRIVACY—U.S.

September 27, 2011

The Christian Science Monitor reports that Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) has asked the FTC to investigate OnStar's privacy policy changes. Schumer and a group of legislators wrote a letter to OnStar's president, saying its recent policy change allowing it to track former customers through its GPS-enabled hardware is a "brazen invasion" of consumer privacy. Apple, Facebook and Google have also come under fire for tracking consumers without appropriately notifying them, and analysts are calling OnStar's actions another example of technology outpacing privacy regulations, the reports states. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) will speak about potential regulation of consumer tracking and other privacy issues during a town hall program in Santa Clara, CA, on Wednesday.
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