Franken asks for more tansparency over location data collection

By KBJR News 1

January 15, 2014 Updated Jan 15, 2014 at 6:56 PM CDT

Washington, D.C (NNCNOW.com) -- U.S Senator Al Franken is calling on Ford and other car companies for more transparency over in–car data collection.

Last week a top Ford executive told an industry panel that they know where and when people are breaking the law because there is GPS tracking in the car.

They also said they do not provide location data with anyone.

However, a Government Office Accountability report released by Senator Franken showed in–car location devices such as OnStar and Garmin do share customer's location data to a third party.

Senator Franken sent a letter to Ford asking them to explain what information these companies collect and who they share the data with.

Franken has spear headed a location protection bill which would protect consumer's data.

"You have a right to know who is taking your location and give your permission for them to do it and also know who they are sharing it with and give your permission on that as well," said the Senator.

Franken says he is interested in all devices that track people's locations.

He is also working to ban all stalking apps.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.