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Posted at 04:31 PM ET, 04/28/2011

Google, Apple will testify at privacy hearing

Google and Apple will both send representatives to testify at a Senate privacy subcommittee hearing May 10.

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) invited the companies to speak at the hearing last week. On Wednesday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) sent letters to Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs and Google CEO Larry Page urging them to testify.

Jobs said the company would send a representative to the hearing in a Tuesday interview with All Things Digital.

In a statement, Leahy said he was pleased that both companies would attend. “As the Congress works to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act and other Federal privacy laws, it is essential that policy makers and the American people have complete and accurate information about the privacy implications of these new technologies,” he said.

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