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Published on: July 28, 2013 07:36 PM
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Washington - Sen. Charles Schumer says federal authorities should regulate the practice of retailers using shoppers’ smartphones to track their movement through a store.

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Schumer, D-N.Y., said Sunday that the Federal Trade Commission should require that stores let shoppers opt out of being tracked.

Several major retailers use technology that allows them to track customers’ movements through their stores by following Wi-Fi signals from smartphones.

Schumer said that shoppers who don’t want to be tracked must turn of their phones’ Wi-Fi or leave the devices at home.

He called cellphone tracking “intrusive and unsettling.”

Schumer said at a Manhattan news conference that the FTC should step in and require an “opt-out” provision.

He said the tracking program is a deceptive trade practice because shoppers don’t know they are being tracked.


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 Jul 28, 2013 at 07:50 PM Aryeh Says:

But when the NSA does it, it is somehow less invasive? The stores just want to advertise, but the government wants to imprison, torture or kill. Truly the theatre of the absurd.

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 Jul 28, 2013 at 08:11 PM Voice-of-Reason Says:

Only the government has the right to track without permission.

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 Jul 28, 2013 at 09:39 PM Anonymous Says:

Chucky instead of giving Sunday narishkeit press conferences how about taking your PROTEGE ANTHONY WEINER and telling him to be a GOOD BOY!

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