On June 15, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) introduced the Geolocation, Privacy, and Surveillance (GPS) Act in both houses of Congress. This is the third major bill addressing location privacy introduced in the past month, signaling an unprecedented level of Congressional interest.
The fact that many companies are tracking the movements of cell phone users has been much discussed in the press since the recent discovery of tracking files on Apple mobile devices and Android phones. Meanwhile, the question of when the government can track individuals using their mobile phones or GPS devices has been litigated in the courts, which are grappling with whether such tracking is covered by the Constitution.
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