Sep 282011
 September 28, 2011  Posted by  Business, Surveillance

Tom Warren writes:

Microsoft admitted on Wednesday that the company has identified an “unintended behavior” in its Windows Phone 7 location services.

Microsoft has been accused of tracking Windows Phone locations without explicit end user consent over the past few weeks. A lawsuit was filed in a Seattle federal court earlier this month, backed by analysis from a well known security researcher. Windows Phone 7 sends user location info to Microsoft’s even if a user says “no” when prompted by the mobile operating system’s camera application. The behavior was confirmed by Rafael Rivera, famous for his work on jailbreaking Windows Phone 7. Rivera originally revealed that packets of data were sent to Microsoft’s location services before a user selected an accept button in Windows Phone 7 to communicate its location. Rivera also discovered that Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7.5 update resolves the specific camera issue.

Microsoft issued a statement on Wednesday to admit the issues with its Windows Phone 7 location services.


Microsoft also revealed that Windows Phone 7.5 suffers from a location services bug too.

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