Geolocation Technology and Privacy, Hearing Before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, March 2, 2016   [open pdf - 4MB]

This is the March 2, 2016 hearing, "Geolocation Technology and Privacy," before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, United States House of Representatives. From the opening statement of Richard Downing: "Thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today to discuss the topic of geolocation information. The Department recognizes the importance of considering individual privacy interests when obtaining different types of geolocation information. At the same time, location information often plays an important and sometimes pivotal role in our efforts to protect public safety and seek justice. I will discuss some of the types of location information that Federal law enforcement investigators obtain, the types of legal authorization utilized to do so, and the standards that we must meet in order to obtain that legal authorization. 'Geolocation information' is not a single kind of information, nor is there one agreed upon definition. Law enforcement uses a variety of different kinds of location information that provide some indication of the location of a particular person or thing. Depending on what type of location information is at issue, such information has different evidentiary significance, and how it is accessed implicates very different privacy concerns and legal provisions."Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Richard Downing, Michael R. Doucette, Paul J. Larkin Jr., and Neema Singh Guliani.

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