Lawmakers request probe of tracking by Apple and Google

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USA Today, 4/25/11

Revelations about how Apple iPhones and Google Android phones keep precise track of each user’s whereabouts every day is sending shock waves through the tech and privacy communities.

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., and Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass.,sent separate letters late last week to Apple CEO Steve Jobs asking him to supply details about how and why iPhones and iPads compile and store detailed time-stamped logs of each user’s location.

And Markey on Saturday called for a formal congressional investigation of both Apple and Google. “Unprotected personal location information could be a treasure trove for troublemakers,” says Markey.

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