Location Privacy Goes to Washington

Nice roundup yesterday from ReadWriteWeb on the recent congressional hearing regarding location based services and end user privacy. Key takeaways:

  • Most location-based services have privacy controls that are too limited, and privacy policies are not readily accessible
  • Some are recommending that the Electronic Communications and Privacy Act be updated to include protections for location information
  • "There is as yet no data on teens' mobile social mapping or LBS use," but texting is huge among kids so it is likely that mobile location sharing will grow in that age group

Location Privacy Goes to Washington.

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