S. 1223 Location Privacy Protection Act of 2011


This US bill aims to address voluntary location tracking of electronic communications devices, and for other purposes. The Bill would require companies like Google and Apple to notify and receive consent from their users to share their personal information with third-parties.  This bill would close loopholes in current federal law to ensure that consumers know what location information is being collected about them. Once they are notified, consumers would be able to decide what data they are willing to have companies share.

Subject areas

  • Crime and Law Enforcement
  • Assault and harassment offenses
  • Child safety and welfare
  • Civil actions and liability
  • Computer security and identity theft
  • Crime victims
  • Crimes against women
  • Criminal investigation, prosecution, interrogation
  • Criminal justice information and records
  • Domestic violence and child abuse


Sen. Al Franken (MN)


This bill was introduced on June 16, 2011.  The sponsors have held hearings and met privately with companies like Apple and Google about the data they gather from their consumers and what can be done to allow the consumers to decide what personal data can be shared.

Text of the Bill