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iPhones and iPads users: You can be tracked

US lawmakers are seeking an explanation from Apple following claims that iPhones and iPads constantly log the location of the devices and store the information in a hidden file.
Senator Al Franken, a Democrat from Minnesota, sent a letter to Apple chief executive Steve Jobs on Wednesday, while Democratic Representative Edward Markey of Massachusetts sent Jobs a letter on Thursday.
The letters came after a pair of British security researchers, Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden, said the position-logging feature is contained in iOS 4, the operating system for the iPhone and iPad released in June.
Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal reported that Google's Android smartphones also regularly transmit their locations back to Google.
Google and Apple are storing location information to help them tap the US$2.9 billion market for location-based services, according to the paper.
In a statement, Markey said Apple "needs to safeguard the personal location information of its users to ensure that an iPhone doesn't become an iTrack.
"Collecting, storing and disclosing a consumer's location for commercial purposes without their express permission is unacceptable and would violate current law," he said.
In his letter to Apple, Markey asked whether the researchers' report was accurate and, if so, how the company was using the information being collected.
Markey asked for a response within 15 business days.
According to Allan and Warden, iOS 4-equipped iPhones and iPads store latitude and longitude coordinates along with a time stamp, probably through cell-tower triangulation.


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Apple, Google tap phone location data: report
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A customer holds iPhones she purchased shortly after the phone went on sale with the Verizon Wireless network in Boca Raton, Florida February 10, 2011. REUTERS/Joe Skipper
By Reuters
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Apple's iPhones and Google's Android phones send back data about the locations of the users to the technology companies, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

These phones regularly transmit such data to Apple and Google as the two build databases that could help them tap a market for location-based services, the Journal reported, citing data and documents it had analyzed.

The paper cited a research by security analyst Samy Kamkar that said the HTC Android phone sent such information several times every hour after collecting the data every few seconds.

Google and Apple were not immediately available for comment to Reuters late on Thursday.

The phone also sent information about wireless Internet networks in the area, the paper said.

The iPhone transmits data about the user's location and Wi-Fi networks to itself every 12 hours, the paper said.

(Reporting by Paritosh Bansal; Editing by Anshuman Daga)