FTC accuses data broker of selling sensitive location data | app

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators have sued a data broker they accuse of selling sensitive geolocation data from millions of mobile devices, information that can be used to identify people and track their movements to and from from sensitive locations, including reproductive health clinics, homeless shelters and places of worship.

The Federal Trade Commission sued Idaho-based Kochava Inc. on Monday amid heated debate over the privacy of people who may seek abortions following the Supreme Court’s June ruling ending constitutional protections for abortion. While this isn’t the first case the FTC has brought against a data broker, experts say it’s the first involving healthcare data and referencing reproductive health clinics.

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