Over the past two weeks, Foursquare CEO Jeff Glueck has taken the message of his New York Times op-ed on the road, appearing at two major conferences: WSJ Tech Live and Bloomberg’s “Sooner Than You Think.”
At WSJ Tech Live, during the event’s opening Town Hall panel with entrepreneur and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban; Twitter chief legal officer, Vijaya Gadde; and co-founder and CEO of Cloudflare Matthew Prince, Jeff said, “It’s time for the government to have a privacy law in the United States that is fair to both small and large companies and goes beyond what Europe did with GDPR.
“Tech leaders need to take some responsibility for what we create and how it affects society. We need a privacy framework in the United States if we are going to encourage innovation while still preserving our civil rights.” Watch the panel discussion, which was moderated by the WSJ’s Gerald Seib and Christopher Mims, here.
It is essential that there are safeguards on how location data can be used. - Jeff Glueck, CEO
At Bloomberg “Sooner Than You Think,” Jeff was interviewed by enterprise tech reporter Nico Grant. Jeff made the case that, “It should be illegal to ask for the location data for a user unless you are providing a legitimate service that requires that location data. Why should a flashlight app be able to ask you for your 24/7 location? What does that do for the consumer?
“It should be a law that you can’t ask that unless you are providing a real value to the consumer. It is essential that there are safeguards on how location data can be used.” Watch the interview here.
For more details on Jeff’s New York Times op-ed and answers to frequently asked questions, click here.
Foursquare CEO Jeff Glueck, third from right, on the WSJ Tech Live Town Hall panel on the topic of Tech, Power, and Privacy in the Age of Regulation.