Franken schedules mobile privacy hearing

Mobile privacy will be getting its day on the Hill on May 10. On Monday, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law, announced that he will address mobile privacy concerns in the subcommittee’s first hearing.

Franken has invited representatives from Apple and Google to speak at the hearing. Last week, he sent a letter to Apple CEO Steve Jobs seeking clarification on the report that a file on the iPhone logs time-stamped location data.

Confirmed witnesses include officials from the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission, and experts Justin Brookman of the Center for Democracy and Technology and security analyst Ashkan Soltani.

“This hearing is the first step in making certain that federal laws protecting consumers’ privacy — particularly when it comes to mobile devices — keep pace with advances in technology,” Franken said in a statement.

The Judiciary Committee formed the subcommittee in February. It oversees laws and policies governing data collection, online privacy and the privacy implications of new and emerging technologies.

Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.
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