Everything's Bigger In Texas -- Even Privacy Protections Page 2

March 8, 2013

Austin, Texas (by Flickr user milpool79 via Wikimedia)


If you're an average, law-abiding citizen, the Texas bill and the one being considered in the U.S. House probably don't mean much for you in practical terms. Unless you happen to have the same name as a suspected criminal, it's unlikely that you, your car, your phone, or your email account would be targeted by law enforcement agents.

Franken's bill, on the other hand, could have some immediate effects if passed. For example, it might curtail the ability of advertisers to reach you on mobile devices -- or, at the very least, it would make it more difficult for them to serve location-based ads. It might also reduce the functionality of some apps -- for example, by scaling back features like the location info attached to many Instagram pics.

In this age of diminishing privacy, all three bills seem positioned to keep Americans better shielded from the prying eyes of stalkers, state and federal officials, and other Peeping Toms. If you have thoughts, pro or con, feel free to weigh in below.

[h/t Marty Padgett]

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