Senator Franken’s Location Protection Privacy Act of 2012 Moving Through Congress
Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota is championing the cause of data privacy -- specifically, he wants to keep the smartphone locations of women and children a secret from stalkers and third-party companies.
Franken's new bill, the Location Protection Privacy Act of 2012, would outlaw so-called "stalking apps," software specifically designed to track a person's movements via their phone's GPS signal and which is marketed for nefarious purposes.
The bill passed a Senate committee with bipartisan support, along with support of Internet privacy groups and women's groups. It needs Senate and House ok and presidental signature to become law.