Policy Brief: Location Data Under Existing Privacy Laws
The Future of Privacy Forum released a policy brief, Location Data Under Existing Privacy Laws. Defining and regulating location data in a privacy law can be an elusive challenge. In part, this is due to its ubiquity in our lives: information about how devices and people move through spaces over time is utilized by Wi-Fi networks, smartphones, mobile apps, and a world of emerging screenless technologies, such as wearable fitness devices, scooters, autonomous vehicles, and video analytics. Existing legal and self-regulatory regimes in the United States (and globally) approach location data in a variety of ways that may serve as a model for policymakers.