By Gautham Nagesh - 06/27/11 08:33 PM EDT
Google, Facebook and Foursquare are among the firms sending representatives to Tuesday's forum on location-based services and privacy hosted by the Federal Communications Commission's Wireless Bureau.
Update: A previous version of this article included the wrong date for the forum, which will take place on June 28th.
The announcement comes after Sens. Al Franken (D-Minn) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) introduced legislation earlier this month that would protect location data collected by consumers' cell phones and other mobile devices from being shared or used without their consent.
The Federal Trade Commission's chief technologist, Ed Felten, and Wireless Bureau deputy chief John Leibovitz will moderate a panel on trends regarding location-based services, featuring Google director for public policy for the Americas Alan Davidson, Facebook director of public policy Tim Sparapani, Foursquare Labs director of marketing Jon Steinback and Verizon Wireless consumer solutions executive director Kristi Crum.
A second panel on steps the industry is taking to protect privacy will feature representatives from Sprint Nextel, the Center for Democracy and Technology, HP and the FTC.
A final panel on how consumers can protect their privacy will include representatives from AT&T, Microsoft and CTIA-The Wireless Association.
This article was updated at 7:18 p.m.