Senator Al Franken reintroduces privacy act requiring user consent for location sharing

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Senator Al Franken (D-MN), chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law, plans to reintroduce legislation that would require companies to obtain express consent from users before collecting, obtaining, or sharing the location data from mobile phones. The Location Privacy Protection Act of 2012 would require location data handlers to disclose what information is collected and allow users to opt-out of data collection and sharing. In a statement provided by his office, Senator Franken warned of ubiquitous “personal tracking devices” and said that “the law allows companies to collect and disclose our location information without our knowledge and consent.” In the senator’s fact sheet about the bill, privacy issues…

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