A new bill introduced into Congress by Representative Ed Markey of Massachusetts would force U.S. carriers to notify consumers of any tracking software present on their device at the time of purchase. The bill would also force carriers to disclose any tracking software that they might push at a later date, including software from the manufacturer and OS provider. If passed, this Act would require the consent of the consumer in order for data to be collected, but does not make any provisions for end users that would prefer to opt out completely. While legislation that protects consumers from surprises like Carrier IQ is a step in the right direction, it would be nice to have a full opt out option available.
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