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Hawaii Bill Pending to Ban Location Data Sales Without Consent

May 28, 2019, 4:49 PM

The sale of location data collected by smartphones, cars, or other devices equipped with satellite navigation technology without explicit consent would be prohibited under a bill awaiting action from Hawaii Governor David Ige.

If signed into law, the bill (HB 702) would make Hawaii the first U.S. state to ban the sale of, or offer for sale, location data without the explicit consent of the device’s primary user, according to Bloomberg Law analyst Mark Smith. It’s unclear whether the governor will sign the measure.

In recent years, “companies that record, collect, and preserve location data have sold this...

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