Senate Holds Hearing on Mobile Devices
PRIVACY LAW—U.S.May 11, 2011
The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law heard testimony on Tuesday from government, advocacy and industry representatives in order to shed light on location-based data collection practices. Bloomberg reports that Subcommittee Chairman Al Franken (D-MN) said, "Consumers have a fundamental right to know what data is being collected about them...and yet reports suggest that the information on our mobile devices is not being protected in the way that it should be." Representatives from Apple and Google defended their use of location data, saying they do not track individual customers. Independent researcher Ashkan Soltani said there should be more transparency and education for consumers. "What today is about," added Franken, "is trying to find the right balance between all those wonderful benefits (of mobile devices) and the public's right to privacy."