European Data Protection Digest

Apple Facing Investigations

GEO PRIVACY—EU & U.S.

April 29, 2011

As regulators investigate the collection of location data by Apple's iPhone and iPad devices, Bloomberg reports that greater scrutiny is expected in the EU than the U.S. Drawing a parallel to inquiries that followed the collection of WiFi data by Google's Street View vehicles, the report notes that regulators in Germany, France and Italy are among those examining whether the storage and sharing of location data violated privacy rules. While U.S. lawmakers are also calling for investigations, one privacy expert notes, "Issues that may not look terribly serious in the U.S. can have much greater significance and seriousness here in Europe...There is this tension between the U.S. rules, which are much narrower, and the EU rules, which are much broader."
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