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Senators Seek Regulation Over Smartphone Tracking

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May 19, 2011, 4:29 PM   by Eric M. Zeman
updated May 19, 2011, 4:50 PM

Senators John Rockefeller of West Virginia and John Kerry of Massachusetts today proposed new legislation asking congress to approve laws for regulating the privacy of user location data as it pertains to smartphones. They said smartphone apps are "totally unregulated" with respect to consumer privacy. The privacy bill would seek to give consumers more control of how their location data is collected, used, and shared. "I believe that companies collecting people’s information - whether you’re a tech titan or not - ought to comply with just a basic code of conduct," Kerry said. "We need to establish what we as a society, in a country that has always valued privacy, believe is the basic, proper treatment of information." The legislation was proposed during a senate hearing Thursday on Apple and Google's location-tracking practices.

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May 19, 2011, 5:00 PM


Laws are supposed to protect us from criminals, not save us from our own stupidity. If you made a choice to purchase and download an app that specifically stated it has access to "location" that's your fault!! Not the developer, not the carrier, not the phone manufacturer! It's not surprising that the education level in our country is failing when compared to countries. The Federal Government doesn't want Americans to have to think about anything.
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Amen to that!
bobc74 said:
Laws are supposed to protect us from criminals, not save us from our own stupidity.

Sadly, you're contributing to the "stupidity" pool there. If you knew what the situation was you wouldn't of made the ...
This is much to do about very little. Folks you are being watched. If you didn't already know that and understand how it worked, then you knew nothing about how cell phones stay in contact with their networks. The cops only needed a count order to hav...
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