Franken Touts Location Privacy Bill After Ford Disclosures

By Lance Duroni (February 13, 2014, 3:00 PM EST) -- Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., said Wednesday that he plans to reintroduce a bill to shield consumers from misuse of their location data gleaned from smartphone apps and car navigation systems, pointing to recent disclosures by Ford Motor Co. as highlighting the need for such legislation.

Last month, Franken called on Ford to explain its practices for gathering GPS data from cars in the wake of a Government Accountability Office report suggesting carmakers and navigation technology providers like Google Maps are keeping consumers in the dark about how such information is used.

The company complied with a letter clarifying its practices, which Franken attached...

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