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Microsoft getting sued over location tracking features in Windows Phone

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Microsoft getting sued over location tracking features in Windows Phone
Earlier this year, Apple got involved in a noisy location tracking scandal that caused unrest among the crowds of iPhone and iPad users. Fortunately for the company, the dust settled rather quickly, and the financial damage that Cupertino took was of negligible proportions.

Now, however, another industry giant is being accused of violating users' privacy. According to the accusations, Microsoft is collecting users' location data through its Windows Phone platform without making the user aware of that in advance. Allegedly, GPS coordinates are being logged onto Windows Phone devices while the camera is turned on even when the feature has been switched off by the user. Microsoft has declined to comment after the case was filed, yet an official statement is expected to be made soon. 

Unfortunately, it is unclear what evidence will be used against Microsoft during the case and how exactly it was obtained. Still, even if the accusations turn out to be valid, we doubt that the company will be hit too hard. After all, Apple got away with fines totaling only several thousand dollars after the location tracking scandal that it got involved in was over.

source: Guardian

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posted on 01 Sep 2011, 08:17

1. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


Dam. What do you people have to hide that this is a big issue?

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 08:17 1

2. greed (unregistered)


Why do these big companies have to track where we're going all the time, BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU!!!

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 09:26 1

3. hepresearch (unregistered)


Haha, yeah right... BIG BROTHER! What nonsense... wait a minute, my WP7 device is automatically connecting to a WiFi access point I didn't know existed... hmmm... who the heck is "Baron von Rothschild"? And why is my phone pushing GPS data to "his" access point? Well that's funny, why is this black panel van with tinted windows pulling into my driveway? And who in their right mind wears a black suit in the middle of summer...... (static)

j/k LOL!

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 09:57 1

4. remixfa (Posts: 13973; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


its a privacy concern. if you care if your being tracked or not, it should always be a choice, not forced. hopefully its just a bug and not a "feature" like it is on iOS. Otherwise, naughty naughty, microsoft.

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 10:58

5. hepresearch (unregistered)


They are all being naughty... those naughty OEM's and OS programmers! If it cannot be sold as a "feature", then they will hide it under as many layers of code as they can...

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 11:24

6. remyrz (Posts: 190; Member since: 28 Oct 2010)


the observer... is always watching

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 13:49

7. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


Where did all the android fanboys go? How come they're not here. Oh, this is not about Apple, so they don't care :)

It only becomes a major concern for them when it's about Apple.

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 16:22

8. jbash (Posts: 342; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)


lol, they are here, but this subject is like beating a dead horse

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