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    Rep. Ed Markey Also Questions Apple and iOS Location Tracking

    Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), co-chairman of the House caucus on privacy, is the latest to question Apple about concerning researchers’ revelations about the tracking and storage of users’ location data on Apple iPhones and 3G-enabled iPad tablets. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), chairman of the recently created subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has already written to Apple (Franken pdf; archive pdf).

    In a letter (Markey pdf; archive pdf), the Massachusetts Congressman expressed concern about the location tracking and asked:

    1. Is it accurate that Apple iPhone keeps track of where iPhone users go, saving this information to a file on the device that is then copied to the owner’s computer when the two are synchronized? […]

    2. Did Apple intentionally develop this functionality in order to log the locations of users? […]

    4. Does Apple use this information for any purpose? […] Has Apple used this location information for any commercial purpose?

    6. Is it possible for customers to disable this feature? 

    7. Given the widespread usage of iPhones and iPads by individuals under the age of 18, is Apple concerned that the wide array of precise location data logged by these devices can be used to track minors, exposing them to potential harm?

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