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Apple, Google to Testify at Mobile Phone Privacy Hearing

By Benzinga Staff, Benzinga.com


Two of the technology industry's top companies, Google and Apple, are invited to attend the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing on 10 May to testify concerning mobile phone privacy.

Recent concerns have been raised regarding the privacy among Google's Android OS and Apple's iPhone. Vermont Democrat Patrick Leahy explained to Bloomberg News, “Like many Americans, I read with deep concern recent press reports indicating that the devices collect, store and track user location data without the user's consent.”

Congress is considering updating the Electronic Communications Privacy Act and other federal privacy laws, and in order to make changes, the Senate Judiciary Committee needs to know the exact capabilities and limitations of the smartphone.

This morning, Apple addressed the issue by making a statement, insisting that it is not tracking users' locations and has plans to reduce the amount of data stored by iPhones.

Google spokesman Chris Gaither explained, “We provide users with notice and control over the collection, sharing and use of location. Any location data that is sent back to Google location servers is made anonymous and is not tied or traceable to a specific user.”

This is a cross-post from Benzinga.com
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