USER TRACKING: US Congress questions Apple, Google

USER TRACKING: US Congress questions Apple, Google
By Editor

The US House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee has summoned tech giants Apple and Google to answer for user tracking and explain the limit to how much data third-party app developers can collect from device users.

Given that CEO Tim Cook has repeatedly told the press that Apple believes that “detailed profiles of people that have incredibly deep personal information that is patched together from several sources [shouldn’t] exist”?

Similar question to Alphabet CEO Larry Page: in June 2017, Google announced that Gmail would stop reading our email.

Read also: Google may face record penalty from EU

Nonetheless, reports surfaced last week that found that both companies are still allowing third parties to merrily scan away, giving them access to our email text, signatures, and receipt data, in order to target-market advertising.

In fact, a new class action suit was filed against both companies on Thursday night over developers’ scanning of millions of users’ private messages.

The committee wants Apple and Alphabet to answer some questions about how they’ve represented all this third-party access to consumer data, about their collection and use of audio recording data, and about location data that comes from iPhone and Android devices.


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