March 15, 2012, 10:53 AM —
iPhone's "unwanted online tracking" prompts demand from Energy and Commerce Committee.
The Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, Henry A. Waxman ranking member, sent Apple's Tim Cook a letter. This follows up their initial letter of February 15, which Apple answered, but not completely enough, on March 2. Although Apple addressed these issues with an iOS update, loopholes remain that allow app developers to access private photos, videos, and location data, all without permission from the phone's owner.
Someone, but not necessarily Apple CEO Tim Cook, will need to go to a committee meeting to explain a story in The New York Times about a remaining loophole that gives app developers too much access to private information. The letter was polite but pointed in the information desired. Comments have been less polite and more pointed.
I'm so glad our Congress was finally able to solve our gargantuan deficit, our crumbling infrastructure, our failing schools, the money-sucking Post Office, etc. etc. etc., and now has time to focus on what *really* matters, like privacy issues on mobile phones.
k2director on appleinsider.com
Apple opening the gates to make the iPhone a development platform for 3rd parties has allowed these malicious-type apps to slip in and become available on the app store, which poses a risk for people having their content hacked from their device.
WardC on appleinsider.com
The next question: if the Committee doesn't like what Apple tells them, can they legally force Apple to change? Do we want a Congressional Committee to force Apple to change?