Two Federal Geolocation Tracking Bills Introduced

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Bills limiting the use of geolocation information collected from mobile and other devices were introduced in both chambers of Congress in June. The Location Privacy Protection Act of 2011 (S. 1223) and The Geolocation Privacy and Surveillance(GPS) Act (H.R. 2168, S. 1212) both would limit the collection and use of data by mobile device manufacturers and others. In addition, The GPS Act would also prevent law enforcement from obtaining this data without a warrant.

Sens. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) introduced The Location Privacy Protection Act. According to statements issued by Sen. Franken, chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law, the bill is aimed at closing “loopholes” in current federal law allowing device manufacturers, app developers and telephone companies offering wireless Internet service to freely share their consumer location information with third parties.

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