US senator calls for privacy protections for accessing device location

US senator calls for privacy protections for accessing device location

Geospatial Today, February 7, 2011

The U.S. needs consistent rules for how law enforcement agencies can access the ever-growing collection of location-based data from mobile devices, a U.S. senator said Wednesday. Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, said he will soon introduce a bill that would require law enforcement agencies to get court-ordered warrants to get location-based information from smart phones and other mobile devices, instead of simple subpoenas or other methods without court oversight. “If you asked most Americans, I think they would tell you that surreptitiously turning somebody’s cell phone into a modern-day tracking device … and using it to monitor their movements, 24/7, is a pretty serious intrusion into their privacy, pretty much comparable to searching their house or tapping their phone calls,” Wyden said during a Cato Institute forum.

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