Markey: Congress Needs To Investigate Location-Based Data Collection

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Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) has called on Congress to investigate "immediately" location data collection by iPhones, iPads and Androids.

Markey, who is co-chair of the House privacy caucus was responding to reports that the Apple iOS 4 operating system and Android phone are collecting and storing unsecured personal location data.

He sent a letter to Apple CEO Steve Jobs last week asking for info and over the weekend called on his fellow legislators to investigate the issue, in part to spur better disclosure policies "so consumers and families can understand who is seeing their information."

In calling for the investigation, Markey also put in a plug for his upcoming child online protection legislation. He will propose a kids "do not track" regime so that "children do not have their online behavior tracked or their personal information collected or disclosed."

Markey, along with caucus co-chair Joe Barton (R- Tex.), were very active on the data-collection front in the last Congress, including regarding a change in Apple's privacy policy on location-based data collection and the issue of Google's Wi-Fi data harvesting abroad and at home.

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