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Apple CEO Steve Jobs has responded to recent reports that iPhone and iPad devices were tracking users' locations, The New York Times reports. Mistakes were made in how location data was handled, Jobs said, but stressed, "We haven't been tracking anybody. Never have. Never will." Apple has stated that the anonymous data was used to help the phone find its location in regions with weak GPS, and a software update will released to encrypt such data and limit its storage to seven days. Meanwhile, experts are calling for more transparency in how smartphones handle location information; data protection authorities across the globe have opened investigations, and a hearing before a U.S. Senate subcommittee has been scheduled for May 10. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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