Mobile Privacy Hearing

Mobile Privacy Hearing for Apple, Google and Facebook

Apple, Facebook and Google have been requested by the U.S. Lawmakers to be there on a hearing of mobile phones and privacy, the second Capitol Hill manifestation in a week for executives from Apple and Google.

The hearing of the Senate Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Insurance Subcommittee would concentrate on “industry practices with respect to online mobile data collection and usage.”

The Democrat from West Virginia said, “The hearing will also explore the possible role of the federal government in protecting consumers in the mobile marketplace and promoting their privacy.”

The following are the witnesses who are listed: Catherine Novelli, vice president for worldwide government affairs of Apple, Alan Davidson, Google’s director of public policy for the Americas and Bret Taylor, Chief Technology officer of Facebook.

Mobile Privacy HearingOn May 10 Davidson came out before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy Technology and the Law together with an Apple executive, Bud Tribble, vice president for software technology at the California gadget-creator.

Senator Patrick Leahy stated “deep concern” regarding statement that Apple iPhones and Android phones of Google were “collecting, storing, and tracking user location data without the user’s consent,” during the hearing.

According to Davidson and Tribble their own companies were committed to privacy safety and were not tracking their users.

Well-known location-based services on mobile gadgets like the iPhone and iPad do need several data collection, though, and user are capable to give something a miss if they want with simple-to-use-tools.

Davidson worried that “location-sharing on Android devices is strictly opt-in for our users, with clear notice and control.”

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