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Jan 15, 2014 at 9:31 am

WASHINGTON (KNSI) Minnesota Senator Al Franken says a new report he requested from the Government Accountability Office shows in-car navigation companies need to provide consumers with more information about how they use and share their private location data.

Franken says information from the GAO report has encouraged him to reintroduce his location privacy legislation called the Location Privacy Protection Act sometime this year.

Franken says the report shows, "Minnesotans and people across the country need much more information about how the data is being collected, what it's being used for, and how it's being shared with third parties."

Franken says the report evaluated privacy protections by in-car navigation systems such as OnStar, portable devices like Garmins and TomToms and mapping apps such as Google Maps. 

GAO found that while companies take various positive steps to protect the location information of drivers, they need to be more forthcoming to consumers about the data they collect, how its used and if and why they share it with a third party. 

Franken comments on privacy concerns he has with navigation systems

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