Apple and Google respond to the U.S. Senate regarding location-tracking

Apple and Google respond to the U.S. Senate regarding location-tracking
Since Apple's recent location tracking scandal, both Google and Apple have been trying to explain or refute their alleged infringements on users' privacy. Today, they got the opportunity to present their cases to a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.

Apple, which was the first to be implicated in a potential breach of privacy, argued that they aren't really tracking device locations. Instead, they say they are using crowdsourcing to locate cell towers and Wi-Fi hotspots. And the "Consolidated.db" file, which prompted the privacy investigation, is allegedly not tracking individual user locations.

Google said that all of their location tracking is optional, and users can choose to turn their location services off. Apple's iOS, on the other hand, was still adding information to "Consolidated.db" even when location services were off. But a recent iOS update has remedied this.

Google further demonstrated their commitment to users' privacy by suggesting that privacy legislation be adapted to the present technological landscape. They point out that a user's data on a remote server isn't protected by the 4th Amendment (regarding search and seizure) in the same way that their physical property might be.

So is this just a dog-and-pony show for the consumer's benefit? We figure that even if Google and Apple are just trying to pacify consumers, it will still lead to an improvement in consumer privacy laws. What do you think?

source: MobileBurn

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7 Comments

1. hellopeople

Posts: 16; Member since: May 10, 2011

apple sent an update, and honestly it never happened to me. it obviously happens on android cuz its so buggy.

6. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

Do everyone a favor and get a clue before you speak.

2. messiah

Posts: 438; Member since: Feb 19, 2010

how come they know where i am when i have no stinking clue....' this sucks

3. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Notice how the iOS v. 4.3.3 update (which enables the user to turn off location tracking) was released just before Apple representatives were scheduled to testify.... Isn't the timing of the iOS v. 4.3.3 release just sooo coincidental?

4. Maxxx unregistered

i saw on CNN the US senators saying that they are NOT satisfied with Apple response this debate and inquiry is far from over, Apple didn`t give enough details

5. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

I saw the.conference on C Span. Apple looks like they can't explain why and how their phones being track and can't get a simple answer. At least GOOGLE show them a chart.and gives you to turn off location tracking off.

7. tragichero

Posts: 163; Member since: Jan 07, 2011

apple is gunna get owned! lol

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