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FTC sues data broker Kochava for sale of people’s sensitive location data, including visits to reproductive health clinics

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The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Monday announced it has filed a lawsuit against data broker Kochava Inc. for selling geolocation data from “hundreds of millions of mobile devices,” it says, which could be used to trace the movements of individuals including those to and from sensitive locations. Specifically, the FTC said the data could reveal people’s visits to places like reproductive health clinics, domestic violence or homeless shelters, addiction recovery centers and places of worship.
This personal and private information could expose people to “threats of stigma, stalking, discrimination, job loss, an …

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