A report Sen. Al Franken requested shows that some mobile application developers and wireless carriers sell information about where their customers are located.
The Government Accountability Office report said wireless companies are not telling customers enough about how they use and share location data.
Location information is used to provide targeted advertising.
“I believe Americans have a fundamental right to privacy: to know what information is being collected about them and to be able to control whether or not that information is shared with third parties,” Franken, D-Minn., said. “And this report clearly shows that mobile industry companies often fail to respect that right, giving out consumers’ location data without their knowledge or explicit consent. The report makes a strong case that legislation is needed to better protect our privacy, and I’ve authored a bill to do just that.”