European Data Protection Digest

CNIL Publishes Findings of Geo Study

GEO PRIVACY—FRANCE

October 14, 2011

GPS Business News reports that the French data protection authority, CNIL, has been analysing how Apple is using location data through its iPhones. CNIL released its findings on the study this week, saying in a report on its website that "Apple seems to have adopted a novel approach to provide location-based service based on the detection of WiFi access points: when a user asks to be geo-located, the phone itself, which calculates its own position using information provided by Apple." The commission says that although Apple's methods for crowdsourcing WiFi access points is largely anonymous, the company "should clearly inform its users of such treatment." The CNIL is conducting similar analysis on the Android and other systems.
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