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Sen. Al Franken's (D-Minn.) location privacy bill requiring companies to get permission from users before collecting their location information was voted out of the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday afternoon in a bipartisan voice vote.
The Location Protection Act of 2012, better known as the Stalking Apps Bill, would criminalize stalking apps, an emerging group of apps that helps stalkers follow their victims. It would also address some of the problems brought to light by a Federal Trade Commission report released earlier this week that found many kids apps were transmitting precise geolocation information to third parties without seeking parents permission.