Sep 052011
 September 5, 2011  Business, Court, Surveillance, U.S.

Alastair Stevenson reports:

Microsoft has issued a statement denying claims suggesting devices running its Windows 7 mobile operating system are illegally collecting users’ location data.


First reported by Reuters, the new lawsuit against Microsoft was filed in a Seattle federal court Wednesday. The suit claims that Microsoft intentionally created software on its Windows 7 operating system designed to ignore users’ requests to not be tracked.


In response to the allegations Microsoft has issued a fresh statement, again insisting its devices do not illegally track users’ locations.

“Because we do not store unique identifiers with any data transmitted to our location service database by the Windows Phone camera or any other application, the data captured and stored on our location database cannot be correlated to a specific device or user. Any transmission of location data by the Windows Phone camera would not enable Microsoft to identify an individual or ‘track’ his or her movements,” commented a Microsoft Spokesperson to the IBTimes.

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