(The Hosting News) – On Tuesday, a United States Senate subcommittee had executives from both Apple and Google testify about mobile privacy as the U.S. Congress considered new privacy laws.
Some, including many lawmakers, have accused top smart phone providers of using sensitive user data, including location to market to other advertisers without proper user consent.
During the hearing, Subcommittee chair Senator Al Franken (D-MN) accused Apple of providing contradictory statements on the issue.
Meanwhile, Vice President of Software Technology for Apple Guy Tribble defended location data as essential to providing users with the best experience on iOS devices and said such information was anonymous.
The hearing marks a development in the recent debate as to whether mobile devices, such as iPhones and Android-based ones violate user privacy by tracking users’ whereabouts.