US lawmakers quiz Apple, Google about location tracking

Minnesota Senator Al Franken and the attorney general of Illinois have separately pressed Apple and Google to provide more information about the location data they collect about their end users.The requests from Franken and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan follow recent reports that Google and Apple have been collecting data about the location of Android and iPhone users without their permission.To read this IDG report in full, see: see:Franken Calls Hearing on Smartphones and Privacy
Congress’s top privacy cops are officially diving into the growing furor over smart phones that track users’ every move.Chairman Al Franken, D-Minn., has called a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law to examine mobile technology and privacy on May 10.”Recent advances in mobile technology have allowed Americans to stay connected like never before and put an astonishing number of resources at our fingertips,” Franken said in a statement.

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