It's becoming easier and easier for someone to locate you using your phone, especially with checking in on apps like Foursquare and Facebook.
That's why the Government Accountability Office is saying the federal government can do more to help consumers protect their privacy.
"The use and sharing of mobile location data offer benefits to mobile industry companies and consumers, such as providing and improving services and increasing advertising revenue," said the report by Congress' watchdog agency. "Nonetheless, these activities can also pose several risks to privacy, including disclosing data to unknown third parties for unspecified uses, consumer tracking, identity theft, threats to personal safety and surveillance."
The government needs to continue keeping the public informed about changes in phone privacy, the GAO recommended, and the Federal Trade Commission and Commerce Department need to create a streamlined process for evaluating when personal privacy has been breached as well as presenting privacy guidelines to the phone industry.
The Privacy Act set rules on how the government collected, protected, and shared personal information from citizens. The act was signed in 1974.
Then came the Internet.
Although the government has been intermittently updating privacy rules, a broader sweep is needed to address the increasing reliance on computer technology, said a report by the Government Accountability Office.