Bill Creates New GPS Data Privacy Protections For Smartphone and Tablet Users

Statement from Jim Steyer, Founder and CEO of Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media
Friday, February 27, 2015

San Francisco, CA-- Common Sense Media CEO and Founder Jim Steyer issued the following statement today in support of Senate Bill 576 introduced today that would help consumers make more informed decisions about their privacy when installing a new smartphone or tablet application that will track their location using GPS.

"California continues to lead the way with common sense privacy legislation, particularly when it comes to protecting kids and families," said James P. Steyer, CEO of Common Sense Media. "While apps can be extremely useful, many users aren't aware of how many apps track and share their users' location information — often without their knowledge or consent. We must do better. If an app wants to track your location — or wants to disclose your location to another party — it must get your permission first, and not be something buried within a long privacy policy. That's why we are proud to support Senator Leno's legislation that stands up for Californians, especially kids and families."

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