Lawmakers Propose Mobile Data Privacy Law
Senators Al Franken and Richard Blumenthal today introduced a new bill called the Location Privacy Protection Act of 2011. The aim of the legislation is to protect the privacy of mobile phone users, especially with respect to location data. The bill would require phone manufacturers and app developers "to receive express consent" from end users "before collecting or sharing information about those users' location with third parties." The legislation comes as a response to the discovery that the Apple iPhone and Google Android devices record and store some user location data.
Facebook Adds More Control Over Location Sharing In Messenger
Facebook today altered the way it handles location sharing within Messenger. Previously, Messenger allowed users to set their location-sharing status to on or off.
Google Maps Improves Location-Sharing Tools
Google today made it possible for Maps users to share their exact location with friends and family. In Maps, users need only tap the blue dot (signifying their location) and select those with whom they'd like to share.
Verizon to Test AppFlash Search Tool On Some Android Phones
Verizon Wireless is prepared to roll out a new search tool on select Android handsets over the next few weeks. The tool, called Appflash, was developed by Evie.
Skype for Windows Phone Adds Location Sharing
Skype today announced an update to its app for Windows Phone devices that introduces location sharing for the first time. Skype version 2.22 is compatible with Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 8.1.
Senators Revise Anti-Encryption Bill, Opposition Mounts
Senators Diane Feinstein of California and Richard Burr of North Carolina have circulated a revised draft of the Compliance with Court Orders Act of 2016. The bill would require tech companies to "provide in a timely manner responsive, intelligible information or data, or appropriate technical assistance to obtain such information or data." If passed into law, it would largely negate the benefits of using encryption on mobile devices, which are meant to protect personal information.
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We Need This Law
Not to mention People, on their own, commonly use Flicker and Twitter on their devices..both track location data(see the 'Creppy' Program to track locations of twitter and flicker users)... and lets not forget Facebook Places and Foursquare(both pretty much only are funtional on mobile device even)...
So 1) people give away their location all the time anyways, giving their consent as they do it.. 2)I dont know how apple/iPhone runs, sooo. 3)Its tiring to watch lawmakers, who have no clue how this stuff really works, try to fight for end users... 4) heres more tax money going to w...
Once again your misinformed :roll:
Way to go throwing android in along with apple over the "secret location collecting" again.
Im thinking I should unsubscribe to this feed because you guys still cant get your facts straight.