It didn’t take long for U.S. Senators to demand an explanation from Apple CEO Steve Jobs about why the company was collecting user location data on its iPhone and iPad. My question is, are they asking Google too?
[ad#Google Adsense 300×250 in story]Less than a day after it was first reported, Senator Al Franken, D-Minn., demanded an explanation from Jobs about why Apple is collecting the data.
“There are numerous ways in which this information could be abused by criminals and bad actors,” wrote Franken. “Furthermore, there is no indication that this file is any different for underage iPhone or iPad users, meaning that millions of children and teenagers who use iPhone or iPad devices also risk having their location collected and compromised.”
Rep. Jay Inslee, D-Wash., also expressed concern over the iPhone data collection report, saying he was “deeply disturbed by this report.”
However, as The Next Web’s Matthew Panzarino points out, Google’s Android operating system also collects user location data. In fact, an app has been built for Android that will parse that data, as well.
Since the U.S. government has made such a big deal out of demanding answers from Apple, will they show the same outrage today and write Google asking for the same answers? If this is about finding the answers, you would think they would be all over Google today.
The best explanation of this data collection was done by Alex Levinson, the Lead Engineer for Katana Forensics. He said it’s just apps that collect the data, but it’s definitely worth a read.