Nov 24, 2011: Markey Warns Don't Turn 'Black Friday' into 'Track Friday' With Shopping Mall Tracking

Congressman introduced 'Do Not Track Kids Act' legislation to protect online privacy of children and teens

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), co-Chairman of the Bi-Partisan Congressional Privacy Caucus, issued the following statement today after media reports that shopping malls planned to track consumer locations on Black Friday through mobile phones.

"No one should be able to morph 'Black Friday' into 'Track Friday'," said Rep. Markey.  "As shoppers hunt for bargains in the shopping mall, they may be unaware that they're being tracked. This practice raises serious privacy concerns, and I will investigate in the days ahead."

Rep. Markey has been the Congressional leader on providing privacy protections for personal consumer information. The lawmaker has investigated the data privacy and security practices of Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, and the four major wireless carriers and the Social Security Administration.