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News Story
12/2/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Carrier IQ's woes continue to multiply. The Mountain View, Calif., startup now faces four lawsuits over allegations that its cellphone software violates the privacy of mobile users. A congressman has also asked the U.S. Federal Trade Commission today to investigate those charges. The developments aren't terribly surprising given the...
News Story
12/1/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
A network monitoring application has privacy watchdogs up in arms after a security researcher claimed that the software is capable of recording detailed phone activity and relaying it to carriers without the user even being aware that it's present on the device. Various carriers and device makers are vehemently denying any involvement with...
News Story
9/22/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
K Street is buzzing over the shock and awe tactics Consumer Watchdog used this morning when its members showed up at Google's Director of Public Policy Pablo Chavez's house at 8:30 a.m. The California-based group arrived at Chavez's home in an ice cream truck - part of another stunt the group did giving out "free" ice...
Blog Post
9/19/2011
Posted by Jamie Court
Google executive Eric Schmidt will finally testify on Capitol Hill this week after our year and a half long campaign to bring him to the Congress. We launched this new animated video today to welcome him. Called “Supercharge,” the third avatar animation in our “Don’t Be Evil” series exposes actual quotes by Schmidt...
News Story
5/23/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Mobile firms such as Google, Facebook and Apple face growing regulatory scrutiny, with some sort of legislation looking increasingly likely. This was apparent from the comments made at last week’s hearing before the Senate Commerce Committee, according to privacy experts. It was the second time in two weeks that a Senate hearing...
News Story
5/17/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
The Federal Communications Commission has waded into the midst of the roiling controversy about location tracking systems built into Apple iPhones and Google Android smartphones. The FCC at 5 p.m. Eastern time today announced that it will hold a "public education forum" to which it has invited the telecom industry, smartphone...
News Story
5/1/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
The disclosure of a hidden file on iPhones late last month drew an outcry because it seemed to record users’ every move. But that isn’t the only way mobile phone users’ movements are being tracked. In addition to the location data collected by Apple, as well as Google and other companies, wireless carriers have detailed...
News Story
4/28/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Breaking seven days of silence, Apple on Wednesday issued a flat denial that iPhones and iPads systematically log each user's location multiple times a day, and even brought CEO Steve Jobs out of medical leave to publicly back up that claim. Yet, the company's complex explanation did not get Apple off the hook from a May 10 Senate...
News Story
4/28/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Breaking its silence about a hidden tracking file on iPhones brought to light last week, Apple acknowledged Wednesday that the file is part of a system that collects location data from iPhones and reports it back to the company. But Apple said in a statement the data is used to enhance the performance of the phone and its applications, and does...
News Story
4/26/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Android opt-in screen Recent revelations about Google and Apple’s location-data collection activities on mobile are adding urgency to consumer and legislative privacy concerns. In recent days, reports from several sources revealed that Android phones, iPads and iPhones are keeping precise track of users’ whereabouts. Apple...