Eric W. Dolan
May 4, 2011
Verizon Wireless announced it will begin putting stickers on its products to warn customers that the phone tracks its owner’s geographical location.
“This device is capable of determining its (and your) physical, geographical location and can associate this location data with other customer information. To limit access to location information by others, refer to the User Guide for Location settings and be cautious when downloading, accessing or using applications and services,” the sticker warns, according to*CNN.
The announcement comes after it was revealed that that Apple’s iPhone keeps a record of every place its owner travels that gets downloaded every time the device syncs with a PC or Mac. The record includes latitude, longitude, a time stamp, and the IP address for the wireless network the phone was currently accessing.
Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) and Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA)*have sent letters to Apple CEO Steve Jobsdemanding to know why Apple’s products are keeping a log of every place the owner goes.
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