iPhone LocationGate Prompts Senate Hearing (Google Too)

iPhone LocationGate Prompts Senate Hearing (Google Too)

The iPhone LocationGate scandal continues to escalate.

Senator Al Franken has summoned Apple and Google to appear before a Senate judiciary hearing on mobile privacy in May.

Sen. Franken (D-MN — a grandstander, in our opinion) chairs the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy. He’s called a hearing for May 10: “Protecting Mobile Privacy: Your Smartphones, Tablets, Cell Phones and Your Privacy,”

“This hearing is the first step in making certain that federal laws protecting consumers’ privacy — particularly when it comes to mobile devices — keep pace with advances in technology,”
said Sen. Franken in a statement.

As well as Apple and Google, the Senate hearing will feature Justin Brookman, Director of the Center for Democracy and Technology’s Project on Consumer Privacy; Ashkan Soltani, an independent privacy researcher; and officials from the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission.

The hearing is the latest development in the snowballing scandal, which is a massive non-issue and appears to be a fairly harmless programming mistake or oversight.

But while Steve Jobs says the issue has been misrepresented, it’s already the subject of class-action lawsuits; government investigations in several countries in Europe and Asia; and an investigation by the Illinois Attorney General.

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  • dcj001

    There’s a “gate?”

    Why do you sometimes add the suffix “gate?”

    Do things like this occur at hotels?

    It is very illogical to add the suffix “gate” to words.

  • HatsKK

    Google “Watergate scandal”.

    From wikipedia: “The Watergate scandal was a political scandal during the 1970s in the United States resulting from the break-in of the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C. Effects of the scandal ultimately led to the resignation of the President of the United States, Richard Nixon, on August 9, 1974, the first and only resignation of any U.S. President. It also resulted in the indictment, trial, conviction and incarceration of several Nixon administration officials.”

    So now, anytime something scandalous happens, we americans put the suffix “gate” after it, kinda as a catch phrase, kinda making light of our culture’s frenzy over a big newsworthy scandal.

  • HatsKK

    oh wait, maybe you were being sarcastic. I can’t tell! haha.

  • Richard

    Those political morons really need to find something constructive to do.

  • ctt1wbw

    How about summoning Syrian security forces before the Congress for human rights violations?

  • mahimahimahi

    I wish I had a filter to get rid of all articles with the words al franken in it. He is an idiot.

  • mrplowinc

    What a huge waste of public money just for a little grandstanding and column inches.

  • iHate_Is_Back

    Everybody shhhhhhhh, if they’re tracking your location through your iPhone they could be also tracking everything you post on your Macs. For all you know you could be making love to your wife and Jobs and Wozniak could be sitting at home eating popcorn watching you through your Mac camera. Time for everyone to break out the tinfoil hats before the Apple mother ship comes down and assimilates you into the Borg continuum.

  • John Owen

    Franken is a complete and utter MORON!!!

  • Bob Forsberg

    Senator Goof is finally given something to do. Our government is broke and this is what they are doing.

  • Mahler12x

    I love how government is oh soooo concerned about protecting our privacy from private companies we VOLUNTARILY associate, while aggressively and ever-increasingly violating our rights and privacy themselves on a daily basis – subjecting its own citizens to warrentless wiretapping, random body-scans and pat-downs, DUI and seatbelt checkpoints, and even claiming the right to assassinate us at the say-so of the President alone.

    Al Franken and the rest of the Imperial Senate can choke on it!

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