A US politician campaigning for tighter restrictions on location tracking via mobile devices has had his bill approved by a Senate committee.
The Location Privacy Protection Act would require firms to get customers’ permission before collecting location data or sharing it with third-parties.
It would also outlaw apps from collecting or sharing location data without the consent of the owner. Parents wishing to monitor their children’s phones would be exempt.
“I believe that Americans have the fundamental right to control who can track their location, and whether or not that information can be given to third parties,” Senator Al Franken told The Hill’s technology blog.
“It’s really, really troubling that an industry would see an opportunity to make money off of strengthening someone’s opportunity to control and threaten another individual,” Karen Jarmoc, executive director of the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence told AP.
However, David LeDuc, senior director of public policy at the Software & Information Industry Association believes that a voluntary “code of conduct” on data collection would be more beneficial to the sector than new legislation.