In the wake of last month's revelation that
Apple and Google both allegedly track their respective smartphone users'
locations, lawmakers want an explanation. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is
already investigating whether Google's search dominance should be an area of concern,
but tomorrow, Google -- and Apple -- has to answer questions from a
congressional panel headed by Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn).
is chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law,
to AppleInsider, will be
host to the likes of Guy L. "Bud" Tribble, Apple's VP of software
hearing, titled "Protecting Mobile Privacy: Your Smartphones,
Tablets, Cell phones and your Privacy," will begin at 10 a.m. and will
deal with issues that came to light when
it was discovered that Apple
collects location data from unwitting iPhone and iPad users in order to better
target ads. Apple co-founder Steve Jobs denied
Korea, similar concerns over Google's Android mobile operating system resulted
in the company's Seoul office receiving an
unexpected visit from the police. Google's director of public policy
for the Americas, Alan Davidson, will also be joining Tribble at tomorrow's
worth noting that tomorrow's hearing is merely an information-gathering session
for lawmakers. No formal complain or investigation has been launched. According
to Reuters, Franken has
been concerned that insurance companies have been eyeing location tracking as a
way to determine rates depending on where their customers go.
separate online privacy laws have already been introduced in Congress, but it's
too early to tell which, if any, of them will become law.