Location-Based Services

On January 18, 2024, the Federal Trade Commission announced a proposed order against geolocation data broker InMarket Media, barring the company from selling or licensing precise location data. According to the FTC’s charges, InMarket failed to obtain informed consent from users of applications developed by the company and its third-party partners.
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On September 14, 2023, California Attorney General Rob Bonta announced a $93 million settlement with Google, LLC resolving alleged violations of California’s false advertising law and unfair competition law.
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On November 14, 2022, Google LLC agreed to a $391.5 million settlement with the attorneys general of 40 U.S. states over the company’s location tracking controls available in its user account settings.
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On July 11, 2022, the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection issued a business alert on businesses’ handling of sensitive data, with a particular focus on location and health data.
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On November 10, 2016, Moscow’s Court of Appeal upheld a lower court’s decision that LinkedIn violated Russia’s data localization law requiring Russian personal data to be stored within Russian territory. Roskomnadzor, Russia’s data protection authority, is now set to block access to the social media website across Russia.
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On June 22, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission announced that it reached a settlement with a mobile advertising company, InMobi, to resolve charges that the company deceptively tracked hundreds of millions of consumers’ locations without their knowledge or consent. Among other requirements, the settlement orders the company to pay 950,000 dollars in civil penalties.
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On May 25, 2012, the FCC issued a public notice seeking comments to update its mobile privacy guidance. The FTC is also working on updating its guidance for mobile privacy and hosted a public workshop on May 30, 2012 addressing the need for new guidance on advertising and privacy disclosures online and in mobile environments.
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On June 28, 2011, the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission convened a public education forum entitled “Helping Consumers Harness the Potential of Location-Based Services.” Representatives of telecommunications carriers, technology companies and consumer advocacy organizations discussed technological developments and how best to realize the benefits of location-based services without compromising privacy.

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