By Kristen Thometz, WTTW/Chicago Tonight
A bill that would have required mobile apps to be more transparent about the collection of users’ geolocation data was vetoed Friday by Gov. Bruce Rauner.
“This bill would result in job loss across the state without materially improving privacy protections for Illinoisans or making devices and their apps safer for children,” Rauner said in a press release. “The addition of this policy to Illinois’ existing burden of red tape will hurt Illinois’ growing reputation as a destination for innovation-based job creation.”
While most apps specify how and when data is being accessed and shared in their terms of service or privacy policies, the Geolocation Privacy Protection Act would have made notifications more apparent before collecting and sharing the location-based information used to determine the physical location of a user’s phone.