Government Wants Carriers to Save Location Data
May 11, 2011, 6:55 PM by Eric M. Zeman
During a hearing about Apple and Google's user location-tracking practices, Deputy Assistant Attorney General Jason Weinstein said that the government wants wireless network operators to store user location data for a period of two years. "When this information is not stored, it may be impossible for law enforcement to collect essential evidence," he said. Apple and Google recently came under fire when it was revealed that the iPhone and Android smartphones track and store some user location data. Weinstein was attending a senate hearing called by Al Franken over the issue. A representative from the Federal Trade Commission stated at the hearing that it believes that devices and applications should only use location data when needed to function correctly. Apple recently updated the iPhone's base software so that it no longer retains user location data. Google hasn't provided an update for Android devices yet.
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