House Bipartisan Privacy Caucus Asks Apple to Explain Privacy Policy

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Last week, the House Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Liberties was contemplating updates to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act.


At the same time, the co-chairs of the House Bipartisan Privacy Caucus were asking Apple CEO Steve Jobs to explain the changes to the company's general privacy policy.


InformationWeek reports Reps. Joe Barton, R-Texas, and Edward Markey, D-Mass., wrote to Jobs on Thursday. They said, in part:

Given the limited ability of Apple users to opt out of the revised policy and still be able to take advantage of the features of their Apple products, we are concerned about the impact the collection of such data could have on the privacy of Apple's customers.

The provision in question, to which users must agree before they can download new apps or material, states that Apple can collect "precise location data" from its devices (iPad, iPod, iPhone, etc.) and share the info with "partners and licensees." Apple has had similar policies in the past that applied to specific devices. This provision, however, is part of the company's general privacy policy, which applies to all Apple products, according to InformationWeek.


The congressmen have asked Apple to respond by July 12.

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