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News Story
5/3/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Tech group says California bill like ‘Texas stopping the oil industry’ SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Legislation proposed in California that would mandate a means for Web users to easily prevent websites from gathering their personal information is moving forward, despite intensive lobbying and opposition from some of the...
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...
News Story
4/23/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Location tracking on Google, Apple devices concerns consumers Amid global outrage over reports that Apple Inc.'s iPhone and iPad keep records of users' movements without their knowledge, the giant Internet company Google Inc. is now grappling with a privacy controversy of its own. The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that...
News Story
4/23/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Sen. Franken asks Apple for answers on data privacy. WASHINGTON, DC - Your iPhone, iPad or Android phone know where you are, where you go to the gym, and what restaurants you eat at. And the mobile devices can tell anyone who gets ahold of your phone or tablet. Sen. Al Franken wants to know why. Franken, chairman of a newly formed Senate...
News Release
4/22/2011
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – New details of how tech giants Google and Apple spy on users of their smartphones demonstrate the need for Do Not Track Me legislation that would cover mobile devices, Consumer Watchdog said today.   A Wall Street Journal article today revealed that Apple’s iPhones and Google’s Android smartphones...
News Story
4/22/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
In the sexy but increasingly scary world of smartphone forensics, insiders have a name for all the personal information purposely or unknowingly stored inside that iPhone or Android or Blackberry in your pocket. They call it your "digital fingerprints." With the right tools and physical access to your smartphone, anyone can tap...
News Story
2/11/2006
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SAN JOSE, CA -- A consumer group has sued Apple Computer Inc., alleging the iPod nano player is defective because its screen is easily scratched and that the company is breaking its product warranty by charging $25 for replacements. The lawsuit by the Los Angeles-based Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights claims the pencil-thin nano...