Both representatives from Apple and Google testified at the scheduled U.S. Subcomittee hearing on user privacy regarding mobile phones. As planned, Apple sent Bud Tibble, senior vice president for software technology, while Google sent Alan Davidson. First the background: As you may know, controversy broke out last month when it was found that the iPhone […]
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Apple and Google Testify to U.S. Senate Subcommittee

maps.pngBoth representatives from Apple and Google testified at the scheduled U.S. Subcomittee hearing on user privacy regarding mobile phones. As planned, Apple sent Bud Tibble, senior vice president for software technology, while Google sent Alan Davidson.

First the background: As you may know, controversy broke out last month when it was found that the iPhone was storing (albeit vague) location data. Under normal circumstances this cache would help to speed up the connection process to recently accessed 3G towers, and WiFi hotspots. However, a bug found in the code was holding onto this data for extended periods of time, when it was meant to hold it only for a week. Apple recently issued a software update to address the concern.

Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota called the hearing after the story broke, and asked both Apple and Google to testify. Today they did just that. Tribble did little more than repeat the company’s formerly stated announcements on the subject.
Tribble:
“Apple is strongly committed to giving our customers clear and transparent notice, choice and control over their information, and we believe our products do so in a simple and elegant way.”

In short, Apple isn’t really collecting the data, and they definitely aren’t using it. The data is stored temporarily to help access mobile connections. That’s it. Same goes for Android.

As I’ve said before, I would rather the government do this than let a company, any company, do whatever they want. Especially with my personal information.

If your really interested in the gritty details, you can read a step-by-step of the events here.

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