FCC, FTC to hold mobile location privacy forum

Government inquiries into what companies are doing with location information from mobile devices enter yet another round next month.The Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission are holding a public forum on June 28 to discuss the topic, the AP reports. On the invite list are both Apple and Google, companies that have been called to testify in front of Senate subcommittees on the issue twice this month.To read this CNET report in full, see:
news.cnet.com/8301-27076_3-20063755-248.htmlAlso see:U.S. Agencies Plan a Public Forum on Location Services
Location-based services, the mobile-phone applications that make use of a person’s geographic location, are attracting growing attention in Washington following reports that phone and software companies might have been sharing location information with third parties.To try to help consumers understand and navigate the services and their privacy implications, the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission will conduct a public education forum on June 28 at F.C.C. headquarters in Washington, the agencies said on Tuesday.
bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/17/u-s-agencies-plan-a-public-forum-on-location-services/Senate slates second round with Apple, Google over mobile privacy
Congress on Thursday will again grill executives from Apple and Google over mobile privacy concerns.The hearing before the Senate Commerce committee will be the second in as many weeks, following one held by the body’s Judiciary Committee on May 10 that took testimony about location tracking from both companies.
www.computerworld.com/s/article/9216791/Senate_slates_second_round_with_Apple_Google_over_mobile_privacyUS Congress Asks Sony to Address Unanswered Questions
A House subcommittee sent a followup letter to Sony on Tuesday after the company failed to answer a number of questions regarding an attack on its PlayStation Network last month.In the letter, which was addressed to Kazuo Hirai, chairman of Sony, lawmakers thanked Sony for answering some of the previous questions the group asked last month, but said it still had a number of questions to answer. The original letter was sent on April 29.

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