Congress so concerned about Apple's iPhone tracking, they're sending letters


Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) sent a letter late yesterday
to Steve Jobs asking why Apple is collecting user data from phones and 3G iPads, why the data isn't encrypted and so on. Franken is the head of the Senate Judiciary Committee's new privacy panel. Rep. Jay Inslee (D-Wash.) also sent Apple a letter. Inslee is part of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and said he'd not only pressure Apple, but also work to get privacy legislation moving forward. Politico reports Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) is going to join this list. Politico says Markey is also wondering whether the tracking violates Sect. 222 of the Communications Act he authored, which requires companies to get consent before using or disclosing user location data. Politico also reports the FCC said it's looking into the matter, too.

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If Rep. Ed Markey (or Al Franken) wants to know whether Apple's iPhone tracking violates Sect. 222 of the Communications Act, they needn't waste taxpayer money having the FCC's bureaucracy look into it. All one needs to do is use an iPhone or iPad for a day to realize that consent to use "location services" is constantly requested of the user.

Um. No. You cannot opt out. It is NOT a location service that you can choose not to have locate you. This is always on, like it or not. The ONLY way to avoid this is to not use the device.

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