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RSA: Geolocation shows just how dead privacy is

Taylor Armerding | March 3, 2016
Where you are says a lot about what you do, what you think, what you believe and how you live. And data about all of that is being collected from our mobile devices.

He also noted the passage of the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Act of 2015, along with other legislation pending.

But it is unlikely that things will change soon in any major way. The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) called the consumer privacy bill “an incredibly important first step,” but also said it contains, “too many loopholes, and enforcement is lacking.”

Adler said that is in part because the U.S. still, “has no uniform privacy laws, and enforcement is ad hoc.” He said a number of consumer complaints, “have fizzled in the courts, because they depend on very specific harm to individuals.”

Still, he said a number of FTC cases are setting precedents for protecting consumer privacy.

“Regulators are taking a more in-depth look at this kind of information. It is trending and important,” he said.


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