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Why Apple Tracker-Gate Is the Future of Journalism

Nancy Scola, TechPresident, April 22, 2011 – 11:27am

There have been some grumbling in tech circles ever since Apple tracker-gate broken that this was the worst kept secret the developer world. Everybody knew iOS devices were tracking your movements to and fro. But somehow Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden, a pair of programmers, put up on a post on O’Reilly Radar and now, suddenly, we have Sen. Al Franken and Rep. Ed Markey writing angry letters to Steve Jobs. But let me suggest that there’s an interesting wrinkle to what has gone down with Apple tracker-grate that has implications for everything from open source to open government to open data to the the political applications of mapping to, yes, the future of journalism.

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Investigators use iPhones to track owners’ movements

By Troy Wolverton, Updated: 04/21/2011 10:28:26 PM PDT

That iPhones and other Apple (AAPL) handheld gadgets keep track of their users’ movements may have been news to most users when it was publicly disclosed on Wednesday. But it wasn’t news to investigators who examine cellphones and other electronic devices for clues in criminal and other legal cases. Those investigators — and the software developers who make applications they use in their work — have known since at least last year that the iPhone has a hidden file on it that tracks its movements. Data gleaned from the file has been used in numerous investigations since forensics experts discovered it, those experts say.

Full text of the article via Investigators use iPhones to track owners’ movements – San Jose Mercury News.

Privacy in the Legislative Branch: A Quick Update

Privacy in the Legislative Branch: A Quick Update

Christopher Wolf, HL Chronicle of Data Protection, February 28, 2011

Summary: Just as privacy remains front page news, it remains a subject of bi-partisan interest on Capitol Hill.  This entry briefly describes (1) the oversight role Congressional committees are performing when privacy makes the news, (2) the establishment of a new Senate Judiciary Committee privacy subcommittee chaired by Senator Al Franken (D-MN); (3) the expected legislation to be introduced in the Senate; (3) the bills that have landed in the House and the other proposals expected there; (4) the focus on amendments to ECPA and CALEA; and (5) the contintuing innovations in state legislatures. In short, a two minute read on the state of privacy in the legislative branch

For full article, visit: Privacy in the Legislative Branch: A Quick Update : HL Chronicle of Data Protection.

Changes in the 112th Congress and Upcoming Appropriations Battles

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The December 2010 issue of the Science and Technology in Congress newsletter is now available online at http://www.aaas.org/spp/cstc/stc/index.shtml.

The latest science-related news on Capitol Hill from the AAAS Center for Science, Technology and Congress


Changes Coming in the 112th Congress
The 112th Congress will feature a host of new faces, a new Republican majority in the House, and several changes in committee structures. In the House, changes include the abolishment of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, the creation of new subcommittees, and a plethora of new Chairmen and Ranking Members.
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FY 2011 Appropriations Battles to Continue Next Year
Congress passed the Continuing Appropriations and Surface Transportation Extensions Act, 2011 (H.R.3082) on December 21. This short-term extension of federal funding at FY 2010 levels through March 4, 2011, sets up a face-off in the new Congress between the newly-elected House Republican majority that is pushing for $100 billion in discretionary cuts and the Democrat-led Senate. Additionally, Congress finalized the extension of several tax cuts, including the R&D tax credit.
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Reps Markey and Barton grill Apple CEO on collection of location information

Key lawmakers want to know from Apple how it collects and uses information about the geography of iPhone and iPad users through location-based applications. … Reps. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Joe Barton (R-Texas), co-chairman of the House Bi-Partisan Privacy Caucus, Thursday sent a letter to Apple CEO Steve Jobs asking about recent press reports that the company has updated its privacy policies to alert users that it is collecting and using information about users’ precise geographic location. … The Los Angeles times wrote first about the inclusion of location data in Apple’s general privacy policy. The company declined to comment on the report, but the company has been collecting location-based data of users since 2008 and it included a disclosure of the practice in its end user license agreements.

For full text of the article, click here or visit: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/posttech/2010/06/lawmakers_grill_apple_ceo_jobs.html

Source: All Points Blog, Washington Post, June 25, 2010

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