Public should be informed whenever phone-tracking technology is used, says expert
Posted in: Mobile & Wireless at 10/01/2012 17:33
The public should be informed when a building or facility operator uses systems to track the location and movements of mobile phones, a data privacy expert has said.
Phone-tracking systems are used in some shopping centres and in other environments such as at stadium concerts and in refugee camps. The system helps to build up a picture about the mass movement of people, the chief executive of a company that operates such technology told Out-Law.com.
Data protection law only applies to information that qualifies as 'personal data'. The information these systems gather is unlikely to qualify as personal data when read on its own but could identify individuals when combined with information from other sources, according to Kathryn Wynn, an expert in data privacy at Pinsent Masons, the law firm behind Out-Law.com.
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