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WSJ: Lawmakers call FTC to investigate Apple and Google over mobile tracking

Added 06-25-22 09:31:01am EST - “A report by The Wall Street Journal shows that four Democratic lawmakers want the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Apple and Google due to collecting and selling their users' personal information. According to the publication,…” - 9to5mac.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From 9to5mac.com: “WSJ: Lawmakers call FTC to investigate Apple and Google over mobile tracking”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A report by The Wall Street Journal shows that four Democratic lawmakers want the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Apple and Google due to collecting and selling their users’ personal information.

According to the publication, the lawmakers wrote in a letter to FTC chair Lina Kahn that Apple and Google “knowingly facilitated these harmful practices by building advertising-specific tracking IDs into their mobile operating systems.”

That said, The Wall Street Journal also highlights that both companies have made improvements to limit the collection of user data. Apple, for example, has taken several different approaches with Sign in with Apple, App Tracking Transparency, and even Privacy Report.

But for Senators Elizabeth Warren, Ron Wyden, Cory Booker, and Rep. Sara Jacobs, Apple and Google could make it harder to track users by their online information.

“It is often possible to easily identify a particular consumer in a dataset of ‘anonymous’ location records by looking to see where they sleep at night,” they wrote.

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