Mobile Location Privacy Opinion Adopted by Europe’s WP29

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Posted by Boris Segalis, May 19, 2011

Summary: On May 16, 2011, EU’s Article 29 Working Party (WP29) adopted an opinion setting out privacy compliance guidance for mobile geolocation services. WP29 is comprised of representatives from the EU member states’ data protection authorities (DPAs), the European Data Protection Supervisor and the European Commission. …  Not surprisingly, WP29 has concluded that geolocation data is “personal data” subject to the protections of the European data protection framework, including the EU Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC. The Working Party also determined that the collection, use and other processing of geolocation data through mobile devices generally requires explicit, informed consent of the individual. …

For highlights of  the opinion, view the Information Law Group Blog entry:
http://www.infolawgroup.com/2011/05/articles/data-privacy-law-or-regulation/mobile-location-privacy-opinion-adopted-by-europes-wp29/index.html

For full text of the opinion, click on Opinion 13/2011 on Geolocation Services on smart mobile devices [PDF].

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