Microsoft getting sued over location tracking features in Windows Phone

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



1. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

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

2. greed unregistered

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

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!

4. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

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...

6. remyrz

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 28, 2010

the observer... is always watching

7. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 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.

8. jbash

Posts: 345; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

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

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