Thursday, November 1, 2012

GAO produces report on cell location data protection

The Government Accountability Office recently released a report entitled "Mobile Device Location Data: Additional Federal Actions Could Help Protect Consumer Privacy." It covers:
(1) how mobile industry companies collect location data, why they use and share these data, and how this affects consumers;
(2) the types of actions private sector entities have taken to protect consumers’ privacy and ensure security of location data; and
(3) the actions federal agencies have taken to protect consumer privacy and what additional federal efforts, if any, are needed.
The GAO recommends that mobile industry companies adopt a variety of practices, enforce their policies consistently, and implement certain safeguards to protect the data. Additionally, employees must be held accountable for policy breaches. Action was also recommended for the FTC, FCC, and Department of Commerce.


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