FTC Restrictions On Geolocation Data Too Broad, Group Says

Law360, New York (July 27, 2012, 6:40 PM EDT) -- The geospatial community on Wednesday urged the Federal Trade Commission to narrow its characterization of “precise geolocation data” in a March privacy report, saying the current interpretation unfairly encompasses legitimate, everyday uses.

In its March privacy report, the FTC advised that companies don't need consumer consent to use location data for emergency services. In a footnote, it added that geolocation data for mapping, surveying or similar purposes can also be exempt from this requirement if it can't reasonably be tied to a specific consumer or device...
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