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The lawsuit was filed in a Seattle federal court yesterday, and claims that Microsoft intentionally designed the camera's software on WP7 so that customer requests to not be tracked would be ignored

Earlier this year, we discovered that Apple was tracking users' locations via iPhones and iPads, and then storing this information in a local file. Now, Microsoft is allegedly tracking users' locations with software on the Windows Phone 7.

Camera software on the Microsoft Windows Phone 7 operating system has allegedly been tracking the location of its mobile users -- even after they request that the tracking software be turned off. 

U.S. citizen and Windows Phone 7 user Rebecca Cousineau is now 
suing Microsoft on her own behalf and on behalf of all others who have this software. The proposed class action was filed in a Seattle federal court yesterday, and claims that Microsoft intentionally designed the camera's software on WP7 so that customer requests to not be tracked would be ignored. In addition, the litigation claims that Microsoft transmits data while the camera software is on, such as latitude and longitude coordinate's of the device. 

The lawsuit also presents a letter that Microsoft sent to Congress saying that the company only collects geolocation data with consent of the user. 

"Microsoft's representations to Congress were false," said the lawsuit. 

The case is Rebecca Cousineau, individually on her own behalf and on behalf of others similarly situated v. Microsoft Corp., 11-cv-1438. It will take place in U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, and Cousineau seeks an injunction as well as punitive damages and "other remedies."

The tech industry has faced increased scrutiny from lawmakers in recent years due to the exploitation of location data for marketing-related reasons without the user's consent. Tech companies like Apple and social networking giant Facebook are just a couple of examples of those who collect information such as geolocation data. With the data/location mining industry becoming a "potentially multibillion-dollar industry," tech companies are beginning to jump on the bandwagon.

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By Aries1470 on 9/5/2011 12:22:34 AM , Rating: 2
Please read: Transmit Data.

For those of you that have a camera with Geo-Tagging, can you please explain how that transmits data?
When you take a photo with Geo-tagging, it should have nothing to do with transmitting your co-ordinates / location. Those with A-GPS, it uses tower triangulation to make it faster to get an approximate location. The ones that use the GPS, gets the co-ordinates from the receiver and the phones software ADD's those details to the photo, there is NO NEED TO SEND YOUR LOCATION ANYWHERE! .
Now can you all go back under your rocks that just attack without merit or reading thoroughly what the case is mentioning.
What it is saying is that she did NOT want to be tracked. She or anyone would love to put geo-tagging on their photo's so they can remember where they took them.
Now can you tell me that it was a "programming" error / omission! When you do your programming, you add the functionality to add a string of co-ordinates. Now if you add the functionality that you are transmitting the location data, that is above and beyond your requirements.
So if someone with a SANE and COMPELLING reason can tell me WHY it needs to TRANSMIT your location when you have mentioned that you do not want it sent, then please be my guest, just remember to post FACTS, not ideas... or wishful or was it witchful ;-) thinking.
There are so many phones on the market that do NOT transmit your data! while taking photo's there is no need to, even when you have geotagging enabled.
Remember, we are talking about sending information when taking photo's, it is not the same as requesting maps.

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