Apple cuts back iPhone tracking after Al Franken bites

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Al Franken wants a word or two with Steve Jobs
Sen. Al Franken appears to have taken a bite out of Apple.

Stung by bad PR, angry customers, and the promise of Senate hearings chaired by Franken, the computer maker says it has released an update to iPhones to cut back on the amount of time the device's software stores data about a user's whereabouts--from a year to a week.

That's a good start. Now we're waiting to hear whether Apple will encrypt the data. Part of the outcry from consumers--amplified by Franken's headline-grabbing criticism of Jobs--was that if strangers got hold of someone else's iPhone, they could very easily map that user's travel patterns. What if that user is a kid? What if that user gets out of work late every night on a deserted backstreet?

Apple CEO Steve Jobs has called the data storage issue a bug, and the firestorm of criticism unfair. And he's hinted that he'll appear before Franken's technology and privacy committee to talk about the tracking software.

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mikeross1809
mikeross1809

It's interesting to see their <a href="http://spruceit.net">IT asset disposition</a> through all of this. It has remained surprisingly high.

Lookin JobNeedGas
Lookin JobNeedGas

Now if Franken will set his sites on Obama to get unemployment back to where it was before Obama found out where osama was? Maybe getting gas back to 1.89. I don't have this technology and don't care. JOBS JOBS JOBS GAS GAS GAS

Psh
Psh

Maybe if Republicans, who claim to be so concerned about jobs, weren't so focused on gay marriage bans and tax breaks for the wealthy, they'd have an easier time achieving the goals that they made (well, lied about making)... Just saying.

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