You are here: Apple tracks and stores your location (and you let them)
Filed Under: Media & Tech, Politics | Posted: 06/29/2010 at 6:09AM
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by Matthew L. Schafer
We may collect information such as occupation, language, zip code, area code, unique device identifier, location, and the time zone where an Apple product is used so that we can better understand customer behavior and improve our products, services, and advertising.
In a ZDNet article on Thursday, Sam Diez said “When you mess with the privacy of people and do so by forcing them into agreeing to terms that – let’s be honest about it – they’re not going to read, you’re inevitably going to get a knock on the door from the suits in Washington.”
“We are concerned about the impact the collection of such data could have on the privacy of Apple’s customers,” Markey and Barton wrote.
While any resolution to the new policy will likely have to wait until after the July 12 reply deadline that Markey and Barton gave Jobs, consumer advocacy groups will continue pressuring Congress to act. In a statement for the record, the Electronic Privacy Information Center, a public interest research organization, urged Congress to include in future legislation rules that “require that companies provide users with a simple and free means to refuse the processing of location data.” For now it’s wait and see, but one way or another, Congress will eventually have to reexamine privacy rules as mobile technology continues to become more advanced and pervasive.
AT&T, the exclusive carrier of the iPhone in the United States, was accused of setting up a secret eavesdropping room with the help of the government almost three years ago.
This post is also available at the Free My Phone blog of Free Press, a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to reform the media, and is available at LippmannWouldRoll, a media policy blog.