US Senator proposes mobile-privacy legislation

Federal law needs to be updated to halt the common police practice of tracking the whereabouts of Americans’ mobile devices without a search warrant, a Democratic senator said today.Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, said it was time for Congress to put an end to this privacy-intrusive practice, which the Obama Justice Department has sought to defend in court.To read this CNET report in full, see:
news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-20029677-281.htmlAlso see:Senator wants privacy protections for device location [IDG]
The U.S. needs consistent rules for how law enforcement agencies can access the ever-growing collection of location-based data from mobile devices, a U.S. senator said Wednesday.Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, said he will soon introduce a bill that would require law enforcement agencies to get court-ordered warrants to get location-based information from smartphones and other mobile devices, instead of simple subpoenas or other methods without court oversight.
www.computerworld.com/s/article/9206538/Senator_wants_privacy_protections_for_device_location
www.networkworld.com/news/2011/012611-senator-calls-for-privacy-protections.html

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