Apple’s VP Of Software Called To Testify Before Congress

Senator Al Franken
Senator Al Franken

Senator Al Franken

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.

Panel I

Jessica Rich
Deputy Director
Bureau of Consumer Protection
Federal Trade Commission

Jason Weinstein
Deputy Assistant Attorney General
Criminal Division
U.S. Department of Justice

Panel II

Justin Brookman
Director, Project on Consumer Privacy
Center for Democracy and Technology

Alan Davidson
Director of Public Policy, Americas
Google Inc.

Ashkan Soltani
Independent Researcher and Consultant

Guy L. “Bud” Tribble
Vice President of Software Technology
Apple Inc.

Jonathan Zuck
President
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.

Michael McIntee

Michael McIntee is a former network TV news executive with more than 30 years of broadcasting experience. He began his broadcasting career at the University of Minnesota's student radio station. He is an expert producer, writer, video editor who has a fondness for new technology but denies that he is a geek. More about Michael McIntee »

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