The state of Illinois may pass a new geolocation privacy law after both houses of its legislature passed the bill last week. It now awaits the signature of Republican Governor Bruce Rauner. The Geolocation Privacy Protection Act, or HB3449, would mandate that companies obtain a person's consent before tracking their geolocation, Naked Security reports. IP addresses are not covered by the bill, and there are exceptions, including finding missing children or enabling emergency responders to locate a missing person. However, some wonder whether the bill will have any impact because most services require location data permission prior to use. The state is also considering the Right to Know Act, a law that responds to the Federal Communications Commission's roll back of pending Obama-era privacy rules. It's currently stalled in the Illinois state house.
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