FTC Accuses Data Broker of Selling Sensitive Location Data

FTC Accuses

Federal regulators have filed a lawsuit against a data broker after learning that the company sold private geolocation information obtained from millions of mobile devices. This data can be used to track people’s movements to and from sensitive locations like homeless shelters, reproductive health clinics, and houses of worship.

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in June repealing the constitutional protections for abortion, the Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit against Kochava Inc., an Idaho-based company, on Monday. Although the FTC has pursued cases against data brokers before, this one involves health care data and references to reproductive health facilities, according to experts.

In response to the FTC sending Kochava a proposed complaint and threatening legal action, the company launched a lawsuit against the agency earlier this month.

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