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 December 3, 2011  Business, Surveillance

Apple has been hauled up by German data regulator, Bavarian State Authority for Data Protection, regarding privacy concerns arising out of the mobile phone software, Carrier IQ, which tracks customer usage.

Thomas Kranig, head of the data regulator said, “We read in the press about the privacy concerns the software may pose and decided to ask Apple about the details. If Apple decided to cease the use, all the better.”

Kranig’s concerns were echoed yesterday by U.S. Senator, Al Franken, who called upon Carrier IQ’s developers to be more upfront about what the product does and whether data is passed on to other parties. Apple isn’t the only company on the hot seat. Handset manufacturers HTC and Samsung have also been named as defendants in one lawsuit each. Moreover, AT&T and Sprint have been asked to answer questions for Congress.

Read more on the Wall St. Cheat Sheet.

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