Law Management Blog

Just another Blog for Lawyers

LOCATION DATA COULD BE INCLUDED AS PERSONAL DATA UNDER THE DATA PROTECTION ACT

leave a comment »

A European Data Protection Working Party has stated its opinion that geographical location data should be protected under current data protection legislation as constituting personal data.

The definition of personal data under the legislation is any data that can be used to identify an individual. The Working Party has suggested that information on people’s whereabouts obtained from devices such as mobile phones and wi-fi access points can lead to identification of them through the location of their home or place of employment.

Therefore, the Working Party has suggested that location services should only be switched on if the user specifically consents to them and also to the use of the data by each organisation accessing it.

The European Commission is currently considering how the Data Protection Directive will be amended later in the year to take account of developments in technology such as cloud computing and social networking applications and changes in advertising and data sharing practices.

Advertisements

Written by Andrew Hodges

June 4, 2011 at 9:55 am

Posted in Comment, LinkedIn

Tagged with , ,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: