“Representatives from both Apple and Google will testify at a Congressional hearing next month on consumer privacy and smartphones, two U.S. senators confirmed on Thursday,” Gregg Keizer reports for Computerworld. “‘I’m pleased that Apple and Google have confirmed that they’ll be sending representatives to testify at my upcoming hearing on mobile technology and privacy,’ Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) said in a statement issued today.”
“Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the chairman of the Senate’s Judiciary Committee, also acknowledged the participation of the two firms,” Keizer reports. “‘It is essential that policy makers and the American people have complete and accurate information about the privacy implications of these new technologies,’ Leahy said in a separate statement.”
“Apple denied that it tracked users but said it would make changes to iOS,” Keizer reports. “Later in the day, CEO Steve Jobs told the Wall Street Journal that his company would participate at the hearing. Meanwhile, Google has said it collects location data from Android phones only when owners opt-in. ‘Any location data that is sent back to Google location servers is anonymized and is not tied or traceable to a specific user,” the company told the IDG News Service on Monday.'”
Keizer reports, “Franken’s hearing… is set to begin at 10 a.m. ET on May 10.”
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