Senator Al Franken has called upon Apple’s Vice President of Software Guy “Bud” Tribble to explain why the iPhone tracks people’s location without telling them. Franken is Chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy.
Today announced the witness list for the subcommittee’s first hearing, titled Protecting Mobile Privacy: Your Smartphones, Tablets, Cell Phones and Your Privacy on Tuesday, May 10 at 10:00 am ET
Chairman Franken Announces Witness List for Hearing on Mobile Technology & Privacy
Protecting Mobile Privacy: Your Smartphones, Tablets, Cell Phones and Your Privacy is First Hearing of New Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law
WASHINGTON, D.C. [05/06/11]—Today, U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.), Chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law, announced the witness list for the subcommittee’s first hearing, titled Protecting Mobile Privacy: Your Smartphones, Tablets, Cell Phones and Your Privacy on Tuesday, May 10 at 10:00 am.
Bureau of Consumer Protection
Federal Trade Commission
Deputy Assistant Attorney General
U.S. Department of Justice
Director, Project on Consumer Privacy
Center for Democracy and Technology
Director of Public Policy, Americas
Independent Researcher and Consultant
Guy L. “Bud” Tribble
Vice President of Software Technology
Association for Competitive Technology
Who: Sen. Al Franken, Chairman, Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law
What: Hearing on Protecting Mobile Privacy: Your Smartphones, Tablets, Cell Phones and Your Privacy
When: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at 10:00 am
Where: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Protecting Minnesotans’ and Americans’ consumer rights and privacy has been a priority for Sen. Franken since he came to the Senate. Recently, he sent a letter to Apple CEO Steve Jobs asking him to address privacy concerns about the company’s iOS 4 operating system, which security researchers have said secretly stores detailed information about users’ locations on their iPhones, iPads, and any computers to which the devices are synched, generally in an unencrypted format.
Last year, Sen. Franken pressed Attorney General Holder to incorporate an analysis of geotags—information about a person’s location that is embedded in photos and videos taken with GPS-equipped smartphones—into an updated stalking victimization study connected to the National Crime Victimization Survey. This March, Sen. Franken also led several of his Senate colleagues in urging Facebook to stop plans that would have permitted third party application providers to access users’ home addresses and phone numbers. Last month, he asked the U.S. Department of Justice to clarify its interpretation of a critical federal law that protects personal data after a security breach at Epsilon Data Management and allegations that several popular smartphone applications were gathering and disclosing users’ private information without their knowledge or consent.