Sunday, June 27, 2010

Minister demands Apple transparency

German Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger has called on IT giant Apple to make clear what personal data it is keeping about its customers, for how long, and what for.

According to a report in news magazine Der Spiegel, Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger says Apple should "immediately make clear" what it is doing with the private information of the millions of customers it has in Germany.

"The users of iPhones and other GPS devices should know what information is being collected about them," the minister said. She said it would be unacceptable if Apple were to create personality or location profiles of its users.

The minister's criticism is directed at the newly-formulated privacy policy, which Apple released at the beginning of last week. It now states, "To provide location-based services on Apple products, Apple and our partners and licensees may collect, use, and share precise location data, including the real-time geographic location of your Apple computer or device."


Photo: DPA

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