Apple Executive Will Be a Witness Tuesday at US Congressional Hearing on Mobile Privacy
An executive at Apple will be brought in to serve as a witness at next Tuesday's Congressional hearing on mobile privacy.
Guy L. "Bud" Tribble, who presently serves as Apple's vice president of software technology, is the lucky person at Apple who was tapped for the May 10th hearing.
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn), who has previously criticized Apple publicly over issues relating to in-app purchase policies and mobile security, is chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law. On Friday, Franken announced the list of witnesses scheduled to participate next week. Just days ago, Apple CEO Steve Jobs indicated in an interview that someone from Apple would be on hand for the congressional hearing.
Joining Tribble will be Alan Davidson, Google's director of public policy for the Americas; Justin Brookman, director for project on consumer privacy at the Center for Democracy and Technology; Ashkan Soltani, independent researcher and consultant; and Jonathan Zuck, president of the Association for Competitive Technology.
The impetus for the hearing, of course, has more to do with Apple than any other participating company representative. Last month, Apple's iOS location tracking and data storage bug sparked rampant concern and controversy when the potential privacy threat was unearthed by security researchers. Apple subsequently stated that providing mobile users with fast and accurate location information while preserving their security and privacy "has raised some very complex technical issues which are hard to communicate in a soundbite." Instead, Apple addressed - and conceivably remedied - the mess with this week's release of iOS 4.3.3.
Source: Washington Post