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Sen. Franken names Apple, Google privacy hearing witnesses

updated 12:00 pm EDT, Fri May 6, 2011

Companies called to defend tracking practices

US Senator Al Franken has named the Apple and Google witnesses who will be appearing at a judiciary subcommittee on mobile privacy. Speaking on behalf of Apple will be Guy L. "Bud" Tribble, a VP of software technology. Google's representative will be Alan Davidson, a director of public policy for the Americas. The subcommittee will convene at 10AM on May 10th, according to Sen. Franken's office.

Other people set to appear include deputies from the FTC and the US Department of Justice, a consultant named Ashkan Soltani, and heads from the industry group Association for Competitive Technology and the pro-privacy Center for Democracy and Technology. Aside from location tracking on iOS and Android devices, the hearing will address privacy issues with tablets and cellphones in general.

Apple may have an easier time than Google under scrutiny. While Google has simply tried to defend its policies, Apple has set forth specific plans to improve privacy. The first step was releasing iOS 4.3.3/4.2.8, which better manages the location data stored by iOS and deletes it entirely when Location Services are turned off.

by MacNN Staff



  1. lkrupp

    Joined: Dec 1969


    comment title

    "Apple may have an easier time than Google under scrutiny. While Google has simply tried to defend its policies, Apple has set forth specific plans to improve privacy."

    Nah, it's Apple. They will be labeled as the evil spawn of Satan while Google will get a pass on this.

  1. chas_m



    A worthwhile watch

    This could be something some people here should try and catch on C-SPAN. For some, it might prove instructive on how government actually works.

    It should also be illuminating in terms of where Apple and Google stand on both the issue of privacy and on their ability to clearly articulate their views in a way that the public at large can understand. The latter is a crucial factor that could well determine how future legislation on this issue is formed.

  1. Mr. Strat

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Al Franken = buck-toothed moron

  1. elroth

    Joined: Dec 1969


    @mr. strat

    Please go back to whatever asylum you escaped from, and stay there.

  1. glideslope

    Joined: Dec 1969



    You were a charlatan on SNL and continue in Govt. Go away.

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