Last year, U.S. Senator Al Franken’s Stalking bill moved out of the Senate Judiciary committee but didn’t make it into law. The Location Protection Privacy Act closes legal loopholes that allow stalking applications to exist on women’s and girls’ smartphones and send their location information to third parties without their knowledge. Senator Franken reintroduced the bill Wednesday.
The bill will require all companies to get customers’ permission before collecting their location data or sharing it with third parties. It also contains targeted provisions to protect against stalking apps.
The bill would also put an immediate end to the practice of taking kids’ location information and sharing it without parents’ knowledge or consent. A report released by the Federal Trade Commission Monday revealed that some of the most popular apps for children are engaging in this practice.