Thursday, October 25, 2012

GAO Report: Mobile Devices and Location Privacy Issues

Earlier this month, the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report examining how location data is being collected from mobile devices and how it is being used. Major conclusion: the public has little understanding or appreciation for the pervasive level of data collection taking place. Additionally, the public doesn't understand the manner in which that location data is being used. Specifically cited - issues stemming from police acting without a warrant. Below for more:

Comment: Shortly after the GAO report hit the street, members of Congress used it to promote efforts to put some of the report's recommendations into law. Legislation has been previously offered by Senator Al Franken of Minnesota, and Congressman Ed Markey of Massachusetts. This is going to be an interesting one to watch play out!

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