Schumer Wants FTC To Curb Retailers' Cellphone Tracking

Law360, New York (July 29, 2013, 3:49 PM EDT) -- Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., on Sunday pushed the Federal Trade Commission to require retailers to obtain affirmative consent before tracking shoppers' smartphone locations, adding to a mounting chorus of criticism over companies' growing use of seldom-disclosed monitoring technology.

In a letter to FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez, Schumer urged the FTC to immediately institute rules that would require retailers such as American Apparel and Family Dollar Stores Inc. to notify shoppers through text message or other electronic means that the company is using their phone's Wi-Fi to...
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