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Washington View: PNT—Who Gets to See?

Updated: Apr 27

The smartphone and its various everyday apps link us to GPS, Wi-Fi networks, Bluetooth LTE, audio and cell tower proximity that help us find out where we are and tell us how to get to where we need to go, down to precise latitudes, longitudes and altitudes, accurate to within a few yards. So who should have access to this information? The geolocational privacy issue remains largely unresolved. Some in the federal, state and private sector have attempted to address it through legislative and legal action. This article reviews the geolocational privacy landscape and highlights impactful issues that businesses need to watch.

Topics: geolocational privacy; 4th Amendment; RaceDayQuads v. FAA; Supreme Court; U.S. v. Jones; Riley v. California; Carpenter v. United States; FTC; Congress; state laws

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