Senator Al Franken revives debate on privacy act



By T.C. Sottek, The Verge

Senator Al Franken (D-MN), chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law, plans to debate 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 inform users about how to “revoke consent” for 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 with the iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone 7 are all specifically named.”

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