Researchers revealed that Apple is recording the location data of iPhone and iPad users and storing the unencrypted information on any computer used to sync the device. By doing this, Apple could be violating Section 222 of the Communications Act, according to a report from the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC).
According to EPIC, Section 222 “requires companies to obtain customer consent before location data is used or disclosed for commercial purposes.”
The act itself states “A telecommunications carrier shall disclose customer proprietary network information, upon affirmative written request by the customer, to any person designated by the customer.”
Apple CEO Steve Jobs was given 15 days to give an explanation of why he is doing this, in a letter from Senator Al Franken (D-MN). Representative Ed Markey (D-MA) issued a similar letter containing questions for Jobs to answers to.
The research on Apple’s tracking was published on O’Reilly Radar. The findings were also discussed in a recorded video, which you can watch below.
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