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Smartphone Location Tracking: What You Need To Know

SAN FRANCISCO — The revelation this past week that Apple Inc.’s popular iPhone and iPad devices keep files of users’ location data raises legal and ethical questions.The company has not commented on the controversy, but has said that the on…

SAN FRANCISCO — The revelation this past week that Apple Inc.’s popular iPhone and iPad devices keep files of users’ location data raises legal and ethical questions.

The company has not commented on the controversy, but has said that the only location data the company collects is kept anonymous and not able to be tied back to specific users. Google Inc. has said the same about location data that is stored on smartphones that run its Android software. Both companies have maintained that the practice is clearly outlined in their privacy policies.

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