Apple and Google head to Washington D.C. for hearing

“Apple and Google are scheduled to appear before the Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law at a hearing about location-based data practices,” Ina Fried reports for AllThingsD.

“The hearing comes in the wake of concerns over how both companies are handling location-based information gathered on cell phones and tablets,” Fried reports. “CEO Steve Jobs told Mobilized in an interview last week that Apple would be testifying before Congress.”

“‘They have asked us to come and we will honor their request, of course,’ Jobs said. Apple has maintained that it isn’t tracking anyone and that location data found on the iPhone was the relevant portion of a broad, crowdsourced location database,” Fried reports. “Apple has since released an update to the iPhone operating system that limits the amount of such information stored on the device and ensured that all data is deleted when users opt not to use location-based services.”

Read more in the full article, including info about how AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint are due in D.C. next week, too, here.

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  1. I predict that with the strength of Steve’s RDF the government not only believe everything that is said, but soon we’ll see legislation introduced that allows companies to track all sorts of stuff.

    It will sound like a brilliant plan coming from Mr. Jobs. 😉

  2. Can’t wait to hear what Goople has to say about their system. I’m sure their information gathering and sharing is much more than Apple by a Goople mile. 😉

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