Senate Panel Advances Mobile-Location Privacy Bill

Law360, New York (December 13, 2012, 8:54 PM EST) -- The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved legislation that would require companies to obtain mobile device users' consent before collecting or sharing location data, despite lingering bipartisan concerns over the impact the provisions would have on the rapidly evolving mobile industry.

In a voice vote, the committee sent S. 1223, the Location Privacy Protection Act, to the full Senate. The measure sets a general rule for all companies that want to collect and share location information that "they can't track you in secret," according to...
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