Senate to Hold Hearings On iPhone/iPad Tracking
Matt | On 26, Apr 2011
There was an announcement recently by O’Reilly Radar that the locations of iPhone and iPad users were secretly being tracked and stored by Apple.
This news didn’t go over too well with Apple users and particularly members of Congress.
Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), the chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law, said that he wants to find out exactly what is being done with sensitive user data. So, he will convene a hearing titled, “Protecting Mobile Privacy: Your Smartphones, Tablets, Cell Phones and Your Privacy.” It will be held on May 10.
Representatives from Apple and Google have been “invited” to the hearing, according to Talking Points Memo. But, I hope that means they have been subpoenaed because I’m really curious to find out WHY people are being tracked like this. Yes, there are a lot of apps on the iPhone, for instance, that require your location. It still doesn’t mean that it has to be saved.
Since I have an iPhone, for shits and giggles, I downloaded the app that plots your locations on a map over time. Let’s just say that it was pretty accurate! Ouch…
If you own either device, you can download the map app by clicking here.