Legislators Push Law That Would Require User Consent Before Tracking Location
Two United States Senators proposed a bill that would protect mobile users’ privacy from companies accessing their location. The Location Privacy Protection Act of 2011 would make it compulsory for mobile companies to ask permission from the users first before releasing their location. This would keep users’ location data private and away from the wrong hands.
The Location Privacy Protection Act of 2011 is proposed by two Democratic Senators, All Franken and Richard Blumenthal. If the bill is passed, it would require mobile companies that collect location data to inform the users first and ask for their permission. The companies must also provide adequate measures to protect the data.
Senator Franken said that location technology has incredible potentials and benefits but at the same time, the information could compromise the privacy when used the wrong way. It is not something that everyone wants to share with the whole world.
This move from the Senators comes after reports that Google and Apple were collecting location data without the consent of the users. The Location Privacy Protection Act of 2011 is supported by advocacy groups, which include Center for Democracy and Technology as well as the National Center for Victims of Crime.