In the wake of recent calls for investigations on the collection of location information on mobile devices, The Wall Street Journal reports that Google and Apple also collect and store location information from personal computers. "Both companies have said the data they collect are anonymous and aren't tied to specific users," the report states. Meanwhile, reports have surfaced that Microsoft also collects location data on users of its mobile operating system. Microsoft has said the data is only collected if users allow applications to access location data. Amid those concerns, a Fast Company report looks at why users may want their information tracked, "albeit under tightly defined privacy protection rules." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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