Minneapolis Star Tribune: Does it matter that Pokemon knows where you go -- and much more about you?
As the top Democrat on the Privacy, Technology and the Law Subcommittee, Senator Franken believes that everyone has a fundamental right to privacy, and that people should have control over when—and with whom—their information is shared. Sen. Franken has focused on strengthening laws to protect consumers' private personal information, and he's worked to make sure that companies don't misuse your digital data.
That's why earlier Sen. Franken pressed app developer Niantic to explain privacy concerns that were raised about its popular app Pokémon GO. Sen. Franken recently released Niantic's response to his questions—which he called comprehensive—and he committed to working with the company to protect the privacy of millions of Americans who play Pokémon Go, a large percentage of which are children.
The Star Tribune reported:
Franken, who helped create the privacy, technology and law subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he is "largely satisfied" with Niantic's explanation, but wants to better understand whether the company keeps user information anonymous and whether it can be sold, even though Niantic has no plans to do so at this time.
"There are things you can't anticipate," Franken said. "You always have concern for children. You want to reassure parents that their kids are safe. Location [data] can tell people where you go. There is a concern that someone else can get that data."
Franken has proposed a location privacy bill that requires app users to give specific permission for location data to be collected, a process called opt-in.
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