After security researchers revealed today that Apple’s best-selling iPhone and iPad devices contain a hidden file that secretly records the location of its user, DFL Sen. Al Franken wrote a letter to Apple CEO Steve Jobs demanding an explanation.
“Anyone who gains access to this single file could likely determine the location of a user’s home, the businesses he frequents, the doctors he visits, the schools his children attend, and the trips he has taken–over the past months or even a year.”
He went on to ask that Apple provide information on how the location data is being collected and used and why consumers weren’t told that their personal information was being collected.
As head of the newly-formed Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law, Franken is in a position to keep this issue alive, including calling public hearings, if he’s not happy with Apple’s response to the letter.
Coincidentally, Apple released its most recent quarterly results today. The company said it sold over 18 million iPhones and over four million iPads.
You can read the entire letter Franken wrote to Jobs here.