Computerworld is reporting that representatives from both Apple and Google will testify in Senate hearings regarding privacy. This whole thing of course was brought up by recent media coverage of each companies’ device holding location databases. “I’m pleased that Apple and Google have confirmed that they’ll be sending representatives to testify at my upcoming hearing […]
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Apple Along with Google To Testify At Congressional Privacy Hearings

maps.pngComputerworld is reporting that representatives from both Apple and Google will testify in Senate hearings regarding privacy. This whole thing of course was brought up by recent media coverage of each companies’ device holding location databases.

“I’m pleased that Apple and Google have confirmed that they’ll be sending representatives to testify at my upcoming hearing on mobile technology and privacy,” Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) said in a statement issued today.

Franken, who chairs a new Senate privacy panel, added that the hearing was a “first step” in Congressional inquiries whether federal laws have kept up with the surge in mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets.

Apple had already officially, and publicly responded to the matter early last week, claiming that they had found out what the problem was, and were addressing it in a future software update. They also claimed that they would testify if they were asked to do so.

Regardless of political affiliation, I think this is a good thing. I do not believe Google or Apple were up to anything malevolent with their location databases. That said, I’d prefer the government take the public’s side, and keep the corporations on their toes.

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