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  • Steve Jobs Gets Congressional Inquiry on Apple's Privacy Policy



    Apple's recently revised privacy policy has raised some eyebrows, particularly the section about how the company - along with its partners and licensees - "may collect, use, and share precise location data, including the real-time geographic location of your Apple computer or device." Now, these newly carved terms of service regarding Apple's location-based features have attracted the attention of US lawmakers.

    Congress - and, in particular, the co-chairmen of the House Bi-Partisan Privacy Caucus - wants an explanation from Apple. From MMi's threads to newspaper headlines, Congress has taken notice of the rampant concern that Apple is collecting (possibly with the intention of sharing) important user data like the geographic location of iPhone and iPad use. On Tuesday, Paul covered the update and noted that while Google has been skillful about collecting user data since the arrival of Android, Apple and its flurry of patents for location-based ad services suggests that Cupertino is actively ramping up the intensity with which private data could be exploited.

    Although Steve Jobs has been known to respond to email on occasion, he is yet to respond to mine regarding this matter. It might, however, be in his best interest to respond to the letter he received Thursday from Reps. Edward J. Markey and Joe Barton, who stated: "Given the limited ability of Apple users to opt out of the revised policy and still be able to take advantage of the features of their Apple products, we are concerned about the impact the collection of such data could have on the privacy of Apple's customers."

    To read the letter in its entirety, click here.

    For now, Apple says users should have no privacy concerns because data is collected anonymously. But no shortage of analysts suggest that the data Apple is collecting could, in fact, be used to identify people "based on behavior patterns."
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Steve Jobs Gets Congressional Inquiry on Apple's Privacy Policy started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 37 Comments
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      kinda off topic, but does the capitol building look weird to you? I was there last week and it looks different than in the picture
    1. AnthonyGiola's Avatar
      AnthonyGiola -
      Owned
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      I hope Appl£ and St£v£ get it in the *****
    1. Wilbourn's Avatar
      Wilbourn -
      Big brother versus Big brother???
      [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8Kyi0WNg40]YouTube - Dramatic Look[/ame]
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      intersting to see if steve responds with a short email saying "were apple" lol
    1. sekazi's Avatar
      sekazi -
      Now I am concerned with this policy but the thing is if I see this being used solely between Apple and AT&T for the purpose of determining the areas where iPhone/iPads are being the most used so they can better upgrade their network then fine.

      If they are collecting more information than the iPhone/iPad location and are also giving it to other companies besides AT&T then there are privacy issues really coming up.
    1. johnr9412's Avatar
      johnr9412 -
      am i the only one that doesnt really care if they do? i mean, big deal somebody knows your location..this only really matters if youre paranoid, or just committed a crime and dont want to get caught
    1. M4tt Dam0n's Avatar
      M4tt Dam0n -
      *yawn*
    1. sekazi's Avatar
      sekazi -
      Quote Originally Posted by johnr9412 View Post
      am i the only one that doesnt really care if they do? i mean, big deal somebody knows your location..this only really matters if youre paranoid, or just committed a crime and dont want to get caught
      The more you give the more they want. If you keep giving up more and more personal privacy rights the less you have. You will eventually have absolutely no privacy at all if you keep rolling over to companies or the government who would like nothing more than to completely control your life so you do what they want or buy what they want you to buy.
    1. johnr9412's Avatar
      johnr9412 -
      Quote Originally Posted by sekazi View Post
      The more you give the more they want. If you keep giving up more and more personal privacy rights the less you have. You will eventually have absolutely no privacy at all if you keep rolling over to companies or the government who would like nothing more than to completely control your life so you do what they want or buy what they want you to buy.
      sounds a little extreme to me
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      Y does apple wanna know where i am?
    1. DifferentialApp's Avatar
      DifferentialApp -
      Quote Originally Posted by wolverinemarky View Post
      intersting to see if steve responds with a short email saying "were apple" lol
      hahahahahahah that would be awesome!
    1. Vandale's Avatar
      Vandale -
      Quote Originally Posted by wolverinemarky View Post
      intersting to see if steve responds with a short email saying "were apple" lol
      you made my day.
    1. DubbaCTrumpetMSU's Avatar
      DubbaCTrumpetMSU -
      You should take a look and see what Google takes..you think your location is bad? ha...you haven't seen anything yet. Everyone looks at the negative...where's the Congressional hearing about how 20% of Android apps in the market steal your private information?
    1. 1shuttle1's Avatar
      1shuttle1 -
      Just hold your phone the so called wrong way "Apples words" and they won't be able to track you if you don't have reception.
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Quote Originally Posted by wolverinemarky View Post
      intersting to see if steve responds with a short email saying "were apple" lol
      Really? were? as is past tense Apple?

      How about "we're Apple" - we are Apple.
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Quote Originally Posted by 1shuttle1 View Post
      just hold your phone the so called wrong way "apples words" and they won't be able to track you if you don't have reception.
      hahaha
    1. knguyen's Avatar
      knguyen -
      Quote Originally Posted by johnr9412 View Post
      sounds a little extreme to me
      I agree that that is a bit extreme but there are truths to it. Imagine in the near future, knowing your location is of the norm, and knowing what you look like is the next big thing. When you take a picture on your iPhone, Apple will be able to share your photos with advertisers. If your hair is getting too long, here's the nearest barber. Your teeth are a bit crooked and yellow, here's the nearest dentist. Ugly much? Here's the nearest plastic surgeon.

      @ tudtran they do it so they can sell you stuff. Your location is actually a very valuable for advertisers, and you may already know that Apple is getting into the advertising business with iAds.
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by johnr9412 View Post
      am i the only one that doesnt really care if they do? i mean, big deal somebody knows your location..this only really matters if youre paranoid, or just committed a crime and dont want to get caught
      Why don't we get rid of search warrants too? After all, having your home inspected by the police only really matters if you're paranoid or just committed a crime.
    1. Raptors's Avatar
      Raptors -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      Really? were? as is past tense Apple?

      How about "we're Apple" - we are Apple.
      lol its the internet dude, im sure we all know what he meant