Apple, Google Representatives Called Back to Testify in Senate Hearing on Mobile Privacy

Executives from Google and Apple are being called back to Capitol Hill. The parties in question will return to senate chambers to provide further testimony on an issue that continues to haunt some of the biggest names in the tech world. This Thursday, however, a different panel of senators will be given a shot at …   Read More

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Executives from Google and Apple are being called back to Capitol Hill.

The parties in question will return to senate chambers to provide further testimony on an issue that continues to haunt some of the biggest names in the tech world.

This Thursday, however, a different panel of senators will be given a shot at grilling the prominent subjects.

On May 19th, the Consumer Protection, Safety and Insurance Subcommittee will have their turn.

In recent months, Congress has ramped up efforts to crack down on potential mobile privacy and security threats born of the location tracking attributes of popular mobile operating systems, like Apple’s iOS.

On May 10th, a packed house was on hand for Apple vice president for software technology Bud Tribble’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law.

“Apple is deeply committed to protecting the privacy of our customers,” said Tribble during the hearing. “Apple does not track users’ locations — Apple has never done so and has no plans to do so.”

Tribble’s reassuring comments followed a strong opening statement by Senator Al Franken (D-Minn).

“Consumers have a fundamental right to know what data is being collected about them,” Franken said. “They have a right to decide whether they want to share that information, and with whom they want to share it and when. And yet reports suggest that the information on our mobile devices is not being protected in the way that it should be.”

This Thursday’s hearing, which has already been dubbed “Consumer Privacy and Protection in the Mobile Marketplace,” will begin at 10:00 am EST.

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