The Senate has called a hearing on mobile phone tracking, and Apple CEO Steve Jobs confirmed with All Things Digital that Apple “will honor their request.”

The May 10 hearing, “Protecting Mobile Privacy: Your Smartphones, Tablets, Cell Phones and Your Privacy” was called by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on April 27.

Jobs and Google CEO Larry Page were both sent letters urging their companies to testify “about how each is addressing privacy concerns raised by the collection and storage of sensitive, personal information by technologies like Google’s Android software and Apple’s iPhone,” states a press release from Leahy’s office.

Leahy stated, “Like many Americans, I read with deep concern recent press reports indicating that [Android Phones and iPhones] collect, store and track user location data without the user’s consent.”

The hearing is timely, notes Leahy, as Congress is considering updates to the outdated Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) of 1969 and Federal privacy laws. He said “it is essential that the Senate Judiciary Committee have full and accurate information about the privacy risks posed by this new technology.”

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