Senate to Continue to Question Apple and Google

Senate to Continue to Question Apple and Google

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Both Apple and Google are due back on Capitol Hill Thursday. The companies will again appear before a Senate committee to address the issue of privacy; however, this time they will be joined by Facebook CTO Bret Taylor.

Google's public policy director Alan Davidson, Apple's government affairs VP Catherine Novelli and Facebook's CTO Bret Taylor, will all meet Thursday to address the uproar over location tracking by mobile devices. The recent upset began when a location database file was discovered on the iPhone.

It’s the latest outgrowth of a mini-furor over how mobile devices make use of location-based data. The recent interest in the issue began after attention was focused on a little-known location database stored on the iPhone as well as the fact that Google and others collect location-based data to build global databases of things like traffic and the location of Wi-Fi signals. By the time Apple noted, a week later, that it was not tracking individual users and that the data customers were seeing was a locally-stored subset of a global crowdsourced database, lawsuits had been filed and regulators were already calling for hearings.

The hearing titled 'Consumer Privacy and Protection in the Mobile Marketplace' is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Thursday before the Consumer Protection and Product Safety subcommittees.

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Senate to Continue to Question Apple and Google

Andy M - May 18, 2011 at 1:00pm
Why is the senate so concerned about our privacy when the government continually walk all over our privacy by recording our calls, emails, websites etc... I think what was said earlier they are probably more concerned about what has been stored about their whereabouts, massage parlours, hookers dodgy meetings!
Stacey - May 18, 2011 at 3:47pm
Lol very true!!
DacksMac - May 17, 2011 at 9:32am
Awesome... just simply awesome
scamster - May 17, 2011 at 12:20am
one question that hasn\'t been asked; does microsoft windows 7 mobile keep, track and use location data like google android and apple iOS? also will google new chrome os do the same as it\'s android cousin?
Dimitris - May 17, 2011 at 11:31am
I dont think the senate cares about a 0.00001% of cell phone share :D
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