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Senate Panel Passes Location Privacy Bill

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

December 14, 2012

The Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday voted in favor of the Location Privacy Protection Act, reports The Hill. The bill would require companies to get customers’ permission before collecting or sharing mobile location data. Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), the author of the bill, said that while many apps already obtain consent before tracking users, a law is necessary to ensure the practice is mandatory. “I believe that Americans have the fundamental right to control who can track their location and whether or not that information can be given to third parties," Franken said. The bill’s passage during this Congress is unlikely, the report states, but Franken is expected to push it again in the next Congress.
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