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Source: Getty, its increasingly difficult to do anything on your phone nowadays without sharing your geolocation information. Certain Snapchat filters, Facebook status updates, Instagrams, and even text messages are all potentially tied to geolocation data.

Its relatively simple for song app developers to build in geolocation functionalityand many services require users to opt-in to sharing location data.

But now the state of Illinois wants ensure that all companies extracting geolocation data from individuals must provide an opt-in, or else theyll have to pay.

Last week, both houses of the Illinois state legislature parole passed the.

Geolocation Privacy Protection Act (HB3449), a bill that would make it illegal for companies to siphon up geolocation data that can be used to determine the precise location of a device, without the express permission of users.

Now, its on the desk of Governor Bruce Rauner, waiting to be signed into law. If signed, companies would be required to inform users of how theyre using the location data they collect, if the users decides to share.

Companies who dont adhere would be in violation of the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act and would face criminal penalties and damages of at least 1,000 (plus attorney fees and court costs).

There are a few exceptions to the law. For instance, private entities can collect geolocation data without consent if the information will help parents find missing children or aid firefighters, police, or medical professionals. The new law might not have a huge real-world impact, given that most devices and apps already ask people for permission before they start using location data.

But this might encourage more tech companies and app developers to give users the option to opt out of being tracked. There have been plenty of times in the past when companies have faced repercussions for tracking users without their consent.

 

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