A U.S. Senator from Minnesota and the attorney general of Illinois have separately pressed Apple and Google to provide more information about the location data they collect about their end users. The requests from the politicians follow recent reports Google and Apple have been collecting data about the location of Android and iPhone users without their permission.
While both companies ask permission before collecting the location data required for certain applications, the reports, starting with one in the Wall Street Journal, show the companies also collect location information when not required to do so by an application. The attorney general said she has asked the companies to explain what information they store, for how long they store it, and what it is used for.
The Senator April 25 asked representatives from Google and Apple to attend a hearing May 10 about protecting mobile privacy. Also, two consumers filed a lawsuit in Florida April 22 that charges Apple with fraud over the alleged data collection.
In addition, a U.S. Congressman from Massachusetts said he wrote to Apple’s CEO the week of April 18 with questions about the company’s data collection practices. Apple has not commented on the matter. Google said it does not collect location information without user permission.