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Wyden, Chaffetz, and Goodlatte Introduce “GPS” Act
Jun 15, 2011 // Senator Ron Wyden

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) introduced the Geolocation Privacy and Surveillance ("GPS") Act, S. 1212/H.R. 2168, on June 15. The bill would require that law enforcement secure a warrant in order to obtain geolocation information generated through use of a mobile device like a cellular telephone, or by a device covertly placed by law enforcement official to track location. The bill applies to prospective tracking as well as to acquisition of records of past movements.

As he introduced the bill, Senator Wyden explained, "[A]ll tools and tactics require rules and right now, when it comes to geolocation information, the rules aren't clear. Congressman Chaffetz and I have worked to establish rules that we believe will foster the effective use of geolocation data while protecting the privacy rights of law-abiding American citizens."
Rep. Chaffetz' home town paper, the Salt Lake Tribune, editorialized on July 2, 2011: "The bill is exactly the kind of thing that Congress should be about, updating laws to make them conform at once to changing technologies and eternal standards of privacy and individual rights."

The bill received a boost when Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet, Co-chair of the Congressional Internet Caucus, and Chairman of the House Republican Hi Tech Working Group, signed on as an original co-sponsor.