Google supports privacy legislation

Senators grill Apple, Google at hearing


Google says it isn't the enemy when it comes to privacy concerns on its Android-powered mobile products, and that it protects users with encryption and other security features, reports Next Gov.

Representatives from Google and Apple appeared at a hearing May 10 called by Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) of the Privacy, Technology and Law subcommittee. The event was the culmination of weeks of controversy following revelations that the Apple iPhone tracks and stores users' movements in an unprotected way and that Google also had tracking code in Android applications.

In prepared testimony, Google said it supports online privacy legislation as long as it is pertains equally to all providers, according to Next Gov.

Senators at the hearing encouraged the companies to be more transparent with their customers when it comes to information collection and location tracking, reports threadpost.

Franken stressed to Google and Apple that they should require application developers to have a privacy policy in place in order to get hired, the article said.


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