Schumer Wants Investigation Into “Spying Billboards”

Sen. Chuck Schumer is calling for a federal investigation into an outdoor advertising company’s latest effort to target billboard ads to specific consumers.
Schumer has dubbed Clear Channel Outdoor Americas’ so-called RADAR program “spying billboards,” warning the service may violate privacy rights by tracking people’s cellphone data via the ad space.”A person’s cellphone should not become a James Bond-like personal tracking device for a corporation to gather information about consumers without their consent,” Schumer, a Democrat, said in a statement Sunday.  But the company, which operates more than 675,000 billboards throughout the world, argues that characterization of its program is inaccurate, insisting it only uses anonymous data collected by other companies.