New York privacy bill could ban selling phone location data

CNET | 7/23/2019 | Alfred Ng
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Your phone location data could have more privacy in New York with this bill.

Selling your phone location data is a lucrative business, but it might not have a place in New York City: The City Council is considering a bill banning the practice within the five boroughs.

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Council member Justin Brannan on Tuesday proposed a bill that would prevent mobile carriers and apps from sharing people's location data if that location is within New York City. Hundreds of apps access that information and sell it, often for less than a penny. Even if you didn't download any of those apps, carriers have also been caught selling location data to third parties.

Senators have called for investigations on mobile carriers that sold location data, leading companies like T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon and AT&T to end those practices in non-emergency cases. This comes after reports from Motherboard that bounty hunters were buying location data provided by mobile carriers to track people down.

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The proposed bill includes a $1,000 fine per violation, and a maximum penalty of $10,000 per day, per person, for location data shared against the law. If passed, it would be the first law in the country to regulate location data sharing.

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