Apple, Google detail mobile privacy policies before US Senate subcommittee

“Apple Vice President of Software Technology Guy L. ‘Bud’ Tribble spoke to members of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, and reiterated his company’s position that it makes user privacy one of its highest priorities. He also revealed methods the company uses to ensure developers follow the rules, including random audits of App Store software,” Neil Hughes reports for AppleInsider.

“‘Apple is strongly committed to giving our customers clear and transparent notice, choice and control over their information, and we believe our products do so in a simple and elegant way,’ Tribble said Tuesday in his remarks before the Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law,” Hughes reports. “The hearing, held Tuesday morning, was entitled ‘Protecting Mobile Privacy: Your Smartphones, Tablets, Cell Phones and Your Privacy.’ Its existence was sponsored in part by concern over a location database file that was stored on users’ iPhones and 3G connected iPads.”

‘Apple was never tracking an individual’s location from the information residing in that cache,’ the Apple executive said. He added that Apple did not have access to the cache, and the information was also protected from other applications on a user’s phone,” Hughes reports. “Tribble noted that Apple has a comprehensive privacy policy that is available from a link on every page of Apple’s website. He also said that Apple devices, like the iPhone, do not transmit to Apple any data that can be uniquely associated with the device or that customer.”

Hughes reports, “He explained that Apple has a crowd-sourced collection of cell phone towers and Wi-Fi hotspots that aid in allowing users’ iPhones to assess their location quickly, before a GPS signal can be obtained.”

Much more in the full article here.


  1. Per article: “Davidson (Google representative), in the hearing, also said that unlike Apple, Google does not actively comb applications that are available for its Android operating system once they are available on the marketplace. He said that the open source nature of Android means the search giant would prefer to take a hands-off approach.” Another Google copout using open source as an excuse! They need to be called out for being loos y goos y with data they are collecting from customers.

  2. the hearing was a bash and smear apple while slap the wrist of google. These cretins did not pursue what other experts have said that google does transmit an identifying Id from the oracle-java phones.

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