CDT’s John Morris testified this morning
in a Congressional hearing on “The Collection and Use of Location Information for Commercial Purposes.” Held by the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection and Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet, the hearing featured testimony from business, consumer, and academic representatives on how Congress can best address the privacy risks raised by the increasingly ubiquitous availability of highly accurate, individualized location information. Joining John as witnesses were Professor Lorrie Cranor of Carnegie Mellon University, Michael Altschul of CTIA – The Wireless Association, Jerry King of location-based application provider uLocate, Terry Bernard of the location aggregator Useful Networks, and Ann Collier of the advocacy group ConnectSafely.org.
Location privacy is a timely issue here at the dawn of the location-enabled Web
: ensuring that location information is subject to neither commercial nor government misuse – but is instead transmitted and accessed in a privacy-protective way – is essential to the long-term success of location-based applications and services.
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