[GSDI Legal Socioecon] data protection of location data collected by smartphones and tablets
dave.lovell at eurogeographics.org
Fri Jun 3 11:59:09 EDT 2011
Subject: Priority written question on data protection of location data
collected by smartphones and tablets
Date published: June 3 2011
Please note this question will be answered within three weeks.
Question for written answer P-005373/2011 to the Commission Rule 117 Ivo
Subject: Data protection of location data collected by smartphones and
The Commission is currently considering a revision of the Data
Protection Directive. The Article 29 Working Party on Data Protection,
which advises the Commission, makes clear in its report of 16 May that
current European law cannot guarantee protection of European citizens'
In particular, the potential misuse of consumers' personal location data
which, thanks to modern technology, is stored in smartphones and tablets
and is also passed on to third parties, is a direct threat to the
privacy of the consumers. These location data in combination with other
data provide a mine of information about the consumer's private life.
The registered location information is collected without the consent of
the user, and the data are stored for long periods.
Will the Commission take account of the advice of the Article 29 Working
Party on Data Protection in its plans for revision of the Data
Protection Directive, so that operators and manufacturers are obliged to
ask for the users' consent with regard to the use of location data?
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