Washington – Sens. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) on Thursday introduced the nation’s first mobile location privacy bill, which would require companies like Apple and Google to receive express consent from users before logging their location information and sharing it with third parties.
In addition to the disclosure requirements, the Location Privacy Protection Act would require companies collecting location information to provide adequate security for the data, and delete data on any consumer who wishes it be removed.
It also calls for a study on the use of location technology in dating violence, stalking and domestic violence, and facilitates reporting of such crimes to the FBI.
The bill would impose criminal penalties on so-called “stalking apps” that knowingly disclose location data, and on the sale of location data on children 10 years old and younger.
Supporters of the bill include the Center for Democracy and Technology, Consumers Union, National Network to End Domestic Violence, and National Women’s Law Center.