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Justice Minister Questions Data Collection Practices

ONLINE PRIVACY—GERMANY

June 28, 2010

German Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger has told Apple that it must immediately release information on what personal data it's collecting through GPS-enabled iPads and iPhones, how long the data is stored and how it's being used, reports Der Spiegel (article in German). Germany's personal data laws are very specific on collection, retention and consumer notification, reports PadGadget. Users must be aware of the company's practices, Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger said, adding, it would be "unthinkable" if Apple was tracking identifiable profile and location data. Meanwhile, Apple CEO Steve Jobs outlined the company's position on privacy at a recent conference, saying, "Ask them. Ask them every time. Make them tell you to stop asking if they get tired of your asking them. Let them know precisely what you're going to do with their data."
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