As expected, U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn) has convened his hearing, “Protecting Mobile Privacy: Your Smartphones, Tablets, Cell Phones and Your Privacy.” The event, being held in Washington, D.C., was initiated by the now-resolved “locationgate” situation.
Representatives from Apple and Google are expected to give testimony sometime today at the meeting that began at 10 a.m. EDT.
Also in attendance are witnesses from the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission. In addition, Ashkan Soltani, independent privacy researcher and consultant, and Justin Brookman, Director of the Center for Democracy and Technology’s Project on Consumer Privacy, will also be in attendance.
“Locationgate,” the popular term used to describe the recent discovery that smart phones can track their owner’s movements, was put to rest last week. It was then Apple released iOS 4.3.3, which includes code that stops the continual collection of location data.