Senator Franken’s Location Protection Privacy Act of 2012 Moving Through Congress

Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota is championing the cause of data privacy -- specifically, he wants to keep the smartphone locations of women and children a secret from stalkers and third-party companies.

Franken's new bill, the Location Protection Privacy Act of 2012, would outlaw so-called "stalking apps," software specifically designed to track a person's movements via their phone's GPS signal and which is marketed for nefarious purposes.

The bill passed a Senate committee with bipartisan support, along with support of Internet privacy groups and women's groups. It needs Senate and House ok and presidental signature to become law.

- Mashable

Published Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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