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Senator Al Franken Blasts Apple Over iPhone Tracking
www.ibtimes.com ^ | April 21, 2011 | Ricardo Bilton

Posted on 04/25/2011 8:36:38 AM PDT by Beowulf9

Minnesota Senator Al Franken has called out Apple after reports emerged that the company's products were keeping detailed records of the location data of their users.

In a two-page letter sent to Apple CEO Steve Jobs, Franken discusses what he calls the "worrisome" existence of data that presents the user's location in such detail. But the biggest risk, he says, is what can happen if that data, much of which is unencrypted, falls into the wrong hands.

"Anyone who gains access to this single file could likely determine the location of a user's home, the business he frequents, the doctors he visits, the schools his children attends, and the trips he has taken -- over the past months or even a year." he writes.

Franken speculates that wrongdoers could also rely on computer programs to scour the devices as well. "It is also entirely conceivable that malicious persons may create viruses to access this data from customers' iPhones, iPads, and desktop and laptop computers, "he writes, noting that there are many ways in which the collected information can be abused.

(Excerpt) Read more at ibtimes.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: alfranken; apple; ipad; iphone

1 posted on 04/25/2011 8:36:43 AM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: Beowulf9

Stuart Smalley would be OK with it if only it were the government doing the tracking.


2 posted on 04/25/2011 8:38:36 AM PDT by ConjunctionJunction
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To: Beowulf9

I wish Apple would officially response to Senator Franken by telling him that there are far more pressing problems that Congress should be dealing with than a software feature on a luxury device.


3 posted on 04/25/2011 8:38:55 AM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: Beowulf9
Two years ago, my daughter showed me a cool ap which would indicate the constellation you were pointing the phone toward with incredible accuracy. It was fun to do in the winter night time sky.

How stupid would you have to be to not know that the phone needs to know your exact location and position to perform that function on a realtime basis?

4 posted on 04/25/2011 8:41:03 AM PDT by blackdog (The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop)
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To: Beowulf9

So Franken is suggesting what? Every time someone tries to call your cellphone, it has to randomly search the entire world to find you?


5 posted on 04/25/2011 8:42:19 AM PDT by Tex-Con-Man
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To: Beowulf9

Whatsamatter Al...you been sneaking over to Barney’s house?


6 posted on 04/25/2011 8:42:41 AM PDT by FrankR (Liberals Don't Have Scruples, Judgement or Morals...only MOTIVES.)
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To: ConjunctionJunction

Translation = The files could be used to prosecute a community organizer who visited voting machine locations for several months during protracted recount efforts.


7 posted on 04/25/2011 8:44:02 AM PDT by blackdog (The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop)
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To: Beowulf9

Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

However, I do see the advantage of having such a device in the case of a kidnapping. Even if the perps discarded the device, it would give priceless clues to where they were and might have been headed.

It would be nice if it were a feature you could enable and DISABLE at will.

The fact that this feature cannot be disabled makes it intrusive.


8 posted on 04/25/2011 8:44:58 AM PDT by Westbrook (Having children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.)
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To: Tex-Con-Man

This is Franken’s own written record that he and Shiela Jackson Lee have much in common regarding intellect.


9 posted on 04/25/2011 8:45:43 AM PDT by blackdog (The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop)
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To: blackdog

Haha! Good one!


10 posted on 04/25/2011 8:46:36 AM PDT by ConjunctionJunction
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To: Beowulf9

worrisome if data falls into wrong hands...heheh, like the Republicans, hahah.


11 posted on 04/25/2011 8:48:10 AM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: Beowulf9
Al:
Crawl back in your hole.
If we want any Shiet from you we will squeeze your head. The top one where you put your hat. . . .
12 posted on 04/25/2011 9:06:31 AM PDT by DeaconRed (Have you ever seen Dallas from a DC-9 At night?)
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To: Beowulf9

Yea but x raying you and feeling up your kids at airports is just fine,, lets face it the constitution is already shredded


13 posted on 04/25/2011 9:06:48 AM PDT by RnMomof7 ( "But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden His face from you,)
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To: pnh102

Exactly


14 posted on 04/25/2011 9:07:49 AM PDT by RnMomof7 ( "But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden His face from you,)
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To: Beowulf9

I really, really want to see the video of some future purse-slapping fight between Al Franken and a group of Apple fanboys distraught at hearing their idol attacked by the buck-toothed moron...


15 posted on 04/25/2011 9:09:02 AM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: blackdog

Socialists do not understand that the free market can take care of this,, congress need to do its job


16 posted on 04/25/2011 9:09:28 AM PDT by RnMomof7 ( "But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden His face from you,)
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To: Beowulf9
I left my phone at home this morning. They think Im at home goofing off.
I wonder when this will be tried to be used in court to prove or disprove something.
17 posted on 04/25/2011 9:13:56 AM PDT by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways a Guero y Guay Lao >>> with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona.....)
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To: Beowulf9
Heh. Go get 'em, Al. Hopefully it will keep you from getting involved in much more important things.

And it will put on little bite on Apple, who deserve it for their actions.

18 posted on 04/25/2011 9:14:43 AM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: Beowulf9
Obligatory pic............


19 posted on 04/25/2011 9:15:16 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (Hi-ho silver, away! Gold too!)
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To: Beowulf9
We already know where YOU are, Al.


20 posted on 04/25/2011 9:22:40 AM PDT by pogo101
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To: Beowulf9

“Anyone who gains access to this single file could likely determine the location of a user’s home, the business he frequents, the doctors he visits, the schools his children attends, and the trips he has taken — over the past months or even a year.”

“And”, Franken continued, “only a Progressive government should have that capability”.


21 posted on 04/25/2011 9:25:03 AM PDT by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: Beowulf9
Franken is concerned about folks finding out where he was `digging` for votes in case the recount situation arises again...

22 posted on 04/25/2011 9:25:17 AM PDT by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: Beowulf9

Whom do I believe? Stuart Smalley, or an expert in geolcation technology? I won’t believe Stuart. Ever.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2710000/posts


23 posted on 04/25/2011 9:25:53 AM PDT by Keith in Iowa (FR Class of 1998 | TV News is an oxymoron. | MSNBC = Moonbats Spouting Nothing But Crap.)
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To: Beowulf9

We’re killing people in Libya because...well, I guess because we can, and he’s worried about this? This guy would stand in the middle of a burning house and complain that he didn’t like the wallpaper.


24 posted on 04/25/2011 11:47:52 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Beowulf9

Even a busted clock is right twice a day.


25 posted on 04/25/2011 12:10:44 PM PDT by Emperor Palpatine (One of these days, Alice....one of these days.....POW!! Right in the kisser!!!!)
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26 posted on 04/25/2011 12:16:13 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: Beowulf9
Al Franken = DIMBULB
27 posted on 04/25/2011 1:22:59 PM PDT by VideoDoctor
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To: Beowulf9

SOMEBODY knows Al was at the queer bath house last night.....


28 posted on 04/25/2011 7:21:56 PM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Wanna learn humility? Become a Pittsburgh Pirates fan!)
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