GAO: SatNav Companies are not Respecting Consumer Privacy

The Dec 6 report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), is titled IN-CAR LOCATION-BASED SERVICES: Companies Are Taking Steps to Protect Privacy, but Some Risks May Not Be Clear to Consumers and was requested by Senator Al Franken.

Bottom line:

The office, which acts as Congress’s investigative arm, surveyed 10 auto manufacturers, device companies and app developers and found that all collected location data to offer consumers’ local services. They sometimes shared the data with other companies, though many had broad or vague disclosure statements.

The report prompted Franken to redouble his efforts on The Location Privacy Protection Act which passed through the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2012 but never received a floor vote. 

- The Hill

Published Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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