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Sen. Franken: Companies are Using GPS to Track Personal Information

Updated: 01/20/2014 4:41 PM
Created: 01/20/2014 4:33 PM KSTP.com
By: Megan Stewart

Concern about who is accessing private information has both of Minnesota's U.S. senators proposing new legislation.

Senator Al Franken is re-introducing a bill aimed at in-car navigation and GPS systems.

The bill would require companies to give customers more information.

Franken chairs a subcommittee on privacy, technology and the law. He first introduced the bill when OnStar announced it would track drivers even after the service was canceled. OnStar has since retracted the statement.

The issue resurfaced at the end of last year when a Ford executive said his company knows when someone breaks the law.

"We know everyone who breaks the law, we know when you're doing it. We have GPS in your car, so we know what you're doing. By the way, we don't supply that data to anyone," Ford's Global Vice President of Marketing and Sales Jim Farley said.

Franken sent a letter to Ford after seeing media reports of the statement. He requested that Ford answer several accountability questions by Feb. 1.

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