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Hearing Scheduled as Legislators, AG Seek Answers

GEO PRIVACY—U.S.

April 26, 2011

The House Energy and Commerce Committee is asking mobile operating systems developers what location data their devices store and why they "track use, store or share" such data, The Wall Street Journal reports. The committee has sent letters in the wake of reports that certain mobile devices have been tracking users' locations. The letters follow similar requests from Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) and Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law, who has announced the committee's "Protecting Mobile Privacy: Your Smartphones, Tablets, Cell Phones and Your Privacy" hearing on May 10. Meanwhile, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan called for a meeting with company executives to gather details on what they do with such location information. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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