Researchers' announcements this week of iPhones and Android smartphones transmitting location data back to Apple and Google are intensifying privacy concerns, The Wall Street Journal reports. One security expert has said Android phones transmit location data to Google "several times an hour," while separate researchers announced that "iPhones store unencrypted databases containing location information sometimes stretching back several months," the report states. Meanwhile, respondents to a survey released this week expressed strong concerns over the potential privacy implications of location-based mobile services. Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) and Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) have both sent questions to Apple on its privacy policies, requesting "prompt" responses. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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