The tracking of people's location is becoming an increasingly useful tool for many businesses, whether they want to use it to connect customers with their special offers, monitor footfall, or provide other location-based services. However, a snag is coming in the shape of the EU General Data Protection Regulation, which introduces much tougher rules around the collection and use of personal data. And location data can most certainly qualify as personal data, anytime it relates to an identifiable individual. It's not that European regulators haven't cracked down on location-based data protection abuses before, but the GDPR is something else, partly because of the way in which it will harmonize the law across EU countries, and partly because of the new obligations it will bring — starting with data protection impact assessments. David Meyer has the story for The Privacy Advisor.
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