December 06, 2017 Articles

The Legal Landscape for Geolocation Data: Where Are We Going?

The law may be evolving through the courts to recognizing the invasive nature of geolocation data and extending greater privacy protection to this data.

By Hanley Chew

In today’s society, the proliferation of GPS technology in automobiles, cell phones, and Internet of Things devices has led to the creation of geolocation data for billions of individuals. This constant generation of geolocation data can reveal a great deal about an individual’s activities and associations. Despite these technological advances, the state of the law has not kept pace. There is considerable uncertainty over the level of privacy protection afforded to geolocation data. The current legal landscape is piecemeal at best. However, the law may be evolving through the courts to recognizing the invasive nature of geolocation data and extending greater privacy protection to this data.

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