The Article 29 Working Party will publish an opinion this month announcing that location-based data must be handled like names, birthdays and other personal data, reports The Wall Street Journal. Mobile phone and Internet companies would likely have to get consent prior to data collection, delete the information in a timely manner and keep the information anonymous. The opinion will not be binding, but, the article suggests it would likely be used as a guiding principle by several national regulators. "Geolocation data has to be considered as personal data," said an EU official. "The rules on personal data apply to them." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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