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Apple location tracker file: Congressman asks Steve Jobs to explain by May 12

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Following widespread attention drawn by a file embedded on Apple iPhones and iPads that keeps a detailed log of the devices’ location, Congressman Ed Markey (D-Mass.) has sent Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs a letter asking him to explain the purpose of the file.

‘I am concerned about this report and the consequences of this feature for individuals’ privacy,’ Markey wrote to Jobs in a letter released Thursday (see below). Markey then listed a number of questions about the location file, Apple’s uses for it, whether the company intentionally created it to track users and whether it’s used for commercial purposes.

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Markey, who has written to Apple over location privacy concerns before, requested an answer to his questions by May 12.

From Rep. Markey: Apple Ios Letter 04.21.11

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