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Apple and Google forced to explain mobile tracking

Representatives from Apple and Google will testify in a congressional hearing next month in the United States that deals with consumer privacy related to the use of mobile phones. The two companies have found themselves in the hot air since it was discovered that they collect information about the geographical positions of mobile users, so-called tracking.

US Senator Al Franken, who will lead the inquiry, states that it is a step in the right direction to find out if US laws are keeping pace with developments in mobile phones.

– It is of the utmost importance that both legislators and citizens have a full understanding of how privacy is affected by these new technologies, says Patrick Leahy, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The reason for the questioning is last week’s revelation when two British security researchers showed that iPhones and iPads store users’ geographic location, both on the devices and on the user’s computer. It later emerged that even Google does the same with Android phones.

However, both Apple and Google claim that the information saved is never linked to a user or phone, but is completely anonymous.

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