Apple said it isn’t sharing the location information of iPhone or iPad users with AT&T or other operators, but it has been collecting anonymous location-based data, including Wi-Fi access point data, since January 2008.
“Apple is committed to giving our customers clear notice and control over their information, and we believe our products do this in a simple and elegant way,” said Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell.
Saying consumer consent is the key to assessing the adequacy of privacy protections, Markey said he appreciated Apple’s response and would continue to closely monitor the issue.
Barton issued a similar response, saying that while he applauded Apple for responding to his questions, he remained concerned about privacy policies “that run on for pages and pages.”
Calling the collection and use of location information “particularly disconcerting,” Barton said consumers must be made aware of the collection of location-based data and must consent to its disclosure.