Monday, October 15, 2012

GAO Report Dings Location-Tracking Privacy Policies

Smith, Josh. "GAO Report Dings Location-Tracking Privacy Policies." National Journal, October 11, 2012.

From the article: "Vague privacy policies are making it hard for consumers to protect their location and other information collected by mobile devices, according to a Government Accountability Office report released Thursday.

"Companies GAO examined disclosed in their privacy policies that the companies were collecting consumers' location data, but did not clearly state how the companies were using these data or what third parties they may share them with," GAO investigators wrote. "Furthermore, although policies stated that companies shared location data with third parties, they were sometimes vague about which types of companies these were and why they were sharing the data."" Read more

See also
U.S. Government Accountability Office, "Mobile Device Location Data," Report to the Chairman, Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law, Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. Senate, September 2012.