Privacy in the digital age has provided a sturdy policy debate since the advent of the commercial Web. But the emergence of geo-aware mobile devices has added a new wrinkle.
The issue was the subject of a congressional hearing on Wednesday, and the wireless industry lobby weighed in to support legislation clarifying the rules for its members. eSecurity Planet takes a look.
Location is becoming the latest battleground over privacy. As a new generation of mobile devices broadcast a user’s location, there is no agreement among lawmakers, privacy advocates, the communications industry and other interested parties as to what limits, if any, should be placed on location information.
One of those testifying was Michael Altschul, vice president and general counsel for the wireless communications industry’s CTIA lobbying group. He said technology and other changes in the mobile industry underscore the need for clearer privacy guidelines.
“Since we developed our best practices guidelines in 2008, the world has changed in unpredictable ways,” Altschul told InternetNews.com. “Back then we assumed it would be up to the wireless carrier and application service provider to determine a user’s location.”