London: Smartphones of Apple and Google are
likely to face tighter regulation in Europe after a data
protection panel ruled that location information collected by
the devices should be classified as personal data, says a
"Apple smartphones and those running on Google`s Android
system look set to come under tighter regulation in Europe,
after an EU data protection advisory panel ruled on Wednesday
that location information collected by the devices should be
classed as personal data," a newspaper reported.
This is likely to mean strict limits on how location data
can be collected and stored by smartphone companies, telecom
operators and any businesses hoping to run location-related
services on phones, the report said.
The report said the proposals are a first step toward
formulating a law on mobile phone location data and could be
written into Europe`s revised Data Protection Directive this
The panel said companies should get permission from
smartphone users before collecting geographic information and
should specify what purpose the data is being used for, it
Apple is already facing questions in the US, Germany and
South Korea over its collection of data that tracks the rough
location of iPhone users.