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While Congress and various states grapple with how to regulate data privacy, the New York City Council could soon take part of the matter into its own hands.
New legislation introduced to the council today would ban wireless providers from sharing user location data with third parties if it was collected in any of the city’s five boroughs. The bill’s sponsor, Councilman Justin Brannan, said he hopes it will set the standard for other municipalities while also helping residents realize how their data is being collected and used by their cellphone carriers.