Lawmaker introduced Mobile Device Privacy Act to require companies to disclose capability to monitor telephone usage, require express consent prior to monitoring
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), co-Chair of the Bi-Partisan Congressional Privacy Caucus and senior member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, today released the following statement after the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released the new report “MOBILE DEVICE LOCATION DATA: Additional Federal Actions Could Help Protect Consumer Privacy” that calls for development of industry codes of conduct and issuance of guidance on mobile companies’ appropriate actions to protect location data privacy.
“In the 21st century, a mobile phone isn’t just capturing who we call and what we say, it is also transmitting where we are. I welcome the GAO’s recommendation of strong federal rules for mobile phone companies to help protect customers from having their locations shared with third parties without their knowledge or consent. I introduced H.R. 6377, the Mobile Device Privacy Act, to ensure greater transparency in the transmission of consumers’ personal information and empower consumers if they want to say no to such transmission. I look forward to working with my congressional colleagues to address this important consumer protection issue and pass this legislation.”
Rep. Markey’s “Mobile Device Privacy Act” protects consumers by requiring: