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Assessing the State of Location Privacy Legislation

MOBILE PRIVACY—U.S.

January 7, 2013

The New York Times reports on location tracking technology—particularly mobile apps—and whether Congress is poised to pass legislation curbing tracking without consent. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a location privacy protection bill last year with the aim of requiring app developers to obtain consent from users prior to location data collection and to prohibit “stalking apps.” Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) plans to reintroduce the bill in the new Congress. According to the report, “the underlying issue is the future of consumer data property rights—the question of who actually owns the information generated by a person who uses a digital device and whether using that property without explicit authorization constitutes trespassing.” (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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