A recent U.S. Government Accountability Office report looking at the privacy practices of 10 companies found that all of them used only some of the industry-recommended privacy practices for protecting customer location data and did not always make it clear to consumers how their privacy practices worked. The report uses the standards developed under the 1973 Fair Information Practice Principles. This approach indicates that regulators will use a broad approach when considering how location data should be protected, so geospatial companies should review their privacy and data-storage practices to see how they line up with the FIPP, writes Kevin Pomfret, executive director of the Center for Spatial Law and Policy.

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