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US Senator Calls For Apple, Google Investigation Over Privacy

Days after it was reported that iOS app developers can copy and upload a users’ photo library automatically and without their consent, a US senator is calling for an investigation. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Apple and Google over potential privacy issues, according to Reuters.

Bryan M. Wolfe

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.

Osama bin Laden is dead and there continues to be worldwide reaction to this huge news story. Naturally, many are taking the humorous spin that the 9/11 terror mastermind was captured because of Apple’s recently uncovered location tracking system. This includes one enterprising comic who put her thoughts in cartoon format.

Apple is wasting no time in getting the so-called "locationgate" problem behind them. According to BGR, the company is set to release iOS 4.3.3, which addresses concerns many have regarding Apple’s so-called tracking file, the “consolidate.db”.

The white iPhone debuted and quickly began selling out, while investors became concerned about future iPad 2 sales. But, don’t tell that to those in Japan, who loved the second-generation iDevice. Meanwhile, Apple provided its mea culpa on the “locationgate” issue, but will that be enough for the whole affair to die? Not if Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn) has anything to say about it. These stories and more made news during the last week.

Use This Website To Access Your Stored Location Data, Then See How You Feel

The "locationgate" saga has been going on for a while now, and the news of Apple's Orwellian desire has even made its way into the hands of the mainstream press - at least over here, in the UK. If you've been looking for a way to safely access the location data on your iOS device since hearing the news, read on - because we have an awesome link for you.

Joe White