Microsoft sued for tracking mobile users’ location without permission

Microsoft tracks the location of its mobile users even after customers turned the software off, a lawsuit filed on Wednesday alleges.The legal action claims that owners of Windows Phone 7 smartphones are being unwittingly tracked when the camera on their phone is switched on.The lawsuit, filed in a Seattle federal court, claims that Microsoft collects data about the whereabouts of its users even after customers have opted out of location tracking.To read this report in The Guardian in full, see:
www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/sep/01/microsoft-location-trackingAlso see:Phone location data is collected by Microsoft without permission, researcher claims
Microsoft collects geolocation data from mobile phones without users’ consent, a security researcher has said, according to media reports.Geolocation data is information mobile phone providers often log that records where the device has been.Samy Kamkar said that the software giant’s Windows Phone 7 camera application software can send the location of a device to Microsoft without users’ consent, according to a report by CNET.
www.out-law.com/en/articles/2011/september/phone-location-data-is-collected-by-microsoft-without-permission-researcher-claims-/

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