Senator Quizzes Apple, Google, Microsoft Over Consumer Privacy Rights

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This article on Bloomberg.com explores a variety of hot wireless news, including a report of what Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal has asked of executives at Apple, Google, Nokia, Blackberry maker Research in Motion, Skyhook, and Microsoft. Mid-way down the Bloomberg article, sandwiched between other hot mobile trends, is a story about how Senator Blumenthal is quizzing these corporations about how they collect data from private wireless networks to create maps of WiFi service. Citing privacy concerns, Blumenthal wrote in the letter that “attempting to document the locations of personal wireless networks in individuals’ homes without their knowledge or consent raises issues of what constitutes a reasonable expectation of privacy for an ordinary citizen.”

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Elaine Rigoli

Elaine Rigoli is PRIVATE WiFi's manager of digital content strategy.