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Recent revelations about private companies tracking and monetizing our location data have rightly triggered bipartisan alarm. Concern that the United States could become like China, where the government increasingly tracks citizens’ every move, is growing. According to a recently published New York Times investigation into smartphone tracking, “Within America’s own representative democracy, citizens would surely rise up in outrage if the government attempted to mandate that every person above the age of 12 carry a tracking device that revealed their location 24 hours a day.”

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