Google, Apple collect location data from computers

Google and Apple collect and store information about the location of personal computers, as well as mobile devices, according to company executives, disclosures that may heighten concerns about the scope of data collected by tech companies.Apple gathers information from some Apple Macintosh computers connected to WiFi networks, and Google collects data from WiFi-connected computers that use Google’s Chrome browser or search “toolbar.” They obtain the information after a computer scans the area around itself for available WiFi networks, typically after users give a website permission to determine the computer’s location.

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