Jennifer Baker reports:
The European Union data protection watchdog says that geo-location constitutes private data.
The opinion, which was approved by the Article 29 Working Party on Monday, looked at developments in mobile technology and the current legal framework around them and makes recommendations.
“Location data is certainly, in many instances, private data, and there then follows the obligations to inform users, and the opportunity to opt in or opt out,” Peter Hustinx, Europe’s Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) and member of the working group, told IDG News Service.
Private or personal data receives a much higher level of protection under the E.U.’s Data Protection Directive than anonymous data.
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