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.
For full text of the article via Why Apple Tracker-Gate Is the Future of Journalism | techPresident.
- Track your own iPhone (tech.fortune.cnn.com)
- Cool or Creepy? Your iPhone and iPad Are Keeping Track of Everywhere You Go, And You Can See It (blogs.forbes.com)
- Researchers: iPhones and iPads track your movements (news.consumerreports.org)
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.
- Investigators Admit To Using iPhone Location Data To Track Suspects (appadvice.com)
- iPhone location tracking draws fire, shrugs (macworld.com)
For full article, visit: Privacy in the Legislative Branch: A Quick Update : HL Chronicle of Data Protection.
- Privacy law needs a reboot (radar.oreilly.com)
- Senator Al Franken to chair new subcommittee on privacy, technology and the law (tech.mn)
- Senator proposes mobile-privacy legislation | Privacy Inc. – CNET News (geodatapolicy.wordpress.com)
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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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- Upton promises oversight hearings ‘early’ in 112th Congress (techdailydose.nationaljournal.com)
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Source: All Points Blog, Washington Post, June 25, 2010