YUKARI IWATANI KANE And JENNIFER VALENTINO-DEVRIES
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Apple Inc. is scaling back how much information its iPhones store about where they have been and said it will stop collecting such data when consumers request it, as the company tries to quell concerns it was tracking iPhone owners.
But Apple’s statements, after a week of silence on the growing controversy, raised new questions and criticism about its data-handling practices. Rep. Joe Barton (R., Texas) said Apple apparently “lied” to him and another lawmaker last year when it said its phones don’t collect and transmit location-based data when location services such as mapping are turned off.
Apple defended the process it uses to gather location information via the iPhone and unveiled a software update to scale back such practices.
Apple said Wednesday it would fix software “bugs” that let each phone build a database of locations stretching back months, even when related services are disabled by the user.
This article was posted: Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 8:56 am