Privacy advocates call for limits on geo-tracking

5:35 AM, Mar 20, 2013   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A privacy protection bill to restrict "geo-tracking" will be getting public input during a Maine legislative hearing.

The Judiciary Committee on Wednesday holds a hearing on a bill that would require police to get a court-approved warrant to obtain location information of a cell phone or other electronic device.

The bill sponsored by Assistant Senate Republican Leader Roger Katz of Augusta has the support of legislators from both parties as well as civil libertarians.

While some police departments around the country must get warrants before obtaining a person's information, Maine has no statewide policy.

Other privacy bills would restrict police use of domestic drones, require operators of commercial websites that collect personal information to post their privacy policies, and bar employers from accessing employees' passwords to social media.





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