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Apple's Bud Tribble to Testify in Senate Hearing on Mobile Privacy

As noted by All Things Digital, the U.S. Senate has posted a hearing notice for a Judiciary Committee meeting on mobile privacy scheduled for May 10th at 10:00 AM in Washington, DC. According to the witness list included in the notice, Apple's Bud Tribble will be providing testimony during the session, which is entitled "Protecting Mobile Privacy: Your Smartphones, Tablets, Cell Phones and Your Privacy".

The session will begin with a panel featuring representatives from the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice, presumably to give background and set the stage for testimony as the legislators attempt to learn more about how consumer privacy is handled with mobile devices. Tribble will be joined on a second panel by Google's public policy director, Alan Davidson, as well as several other witnesses from public interest groups and trade association/lobbying groups.

Tribble serves as vice president of software technology at Apple and has a long history with the company. He served as manager of the Macintosh development team and oversaw the development of Mac OS, and later joined Steve Jobs to found NeXT. Tribble returned to Apple in early 2002.

The Senate hearing was sparked by concerns over location tracking information publicized for being stored on users' iPhones and Android-based handsets. The hearing was initiated by Senator Al Franken, and Jobs reported soon after that Apple intended to participate in the discussions as requested. Senate officials confirmed last week that both Apple and Google would be sending representatives to the hearing.

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42 months ago
I was hoping somebody higher up would do it. If they lie or do not give the full truth, we should demand prosecution and a perp walk after arrest.
Rating: 11 Votes
42 months ago

I was hoping somebody higher up would do it. If they lie or do not give the full truth, we should demand prosecution and a perp walk after arrest.


You never disappoint.

Did it ever occur to you that he may be the most qualified person from Apple to testify?
Rating: 4 Votes
42 months ago

You never disappoint.

Did it ever occur to you that he may be the most qualified person from Apple to testify?


Full of HateForApple never assumes anything good about the company, but always assumes the absoute worst possible scenario that will enrage him.
Rating: 3 Votes
42 months ago
title should be "Trouble with Tribble"....

ah, nevermind.
Rating: 3 Votes
42 months ago





Who? How about Scott Forestall, since based on his job title, he is more involved in iOS.



Good point. Let's ask for the long form birth certificate.
Rating: 3 Votes
42 months ago
The trouble with Tribble
Rating: 3 Votes
42 months ago

Any "controversy" about mobile security and privacy certainly didn't start with Apple, it only brought more public attention to it. Security researchers have been warning about the sad state of mobile privacy for years.


By "this whole controversy" I meant "the reason this specific hearing is being held."

Despite whatever else has happened in the past it's clear that this hearing is in response to all the stories about the iPhone from the last few weeks.
Rating: 2 Votes
42 months ago
After hearing Apple's explanation for this geolocation cache, and programming GPS software myself at work, they make perfect sense. The iPhone *is* very quick at receiving a decent position even in less optimal environments. And that's no doubt thanks to it having a decent idea of where you last were. This helps in providing a smooth end-user experience. This is also why Android also did it, no doubt. It's probably no new idea in the industry. *I* should do it in our software too. No need for conspiracies, when logic and information makes better sense.

So...

This title:

"Apple's Bud Tribble to Testify in Senate Hearing on Mobile Privacy"

... could in essence be changed to this:

"Apple to Teach Senate on Geolocation Services"
Rating: 2 Votes
42 months ago
When are we going to see hearings on the massive privacy violations in ObamaCare, the "stimulus" bill (which was mostly about other stuff), the renewal of the PATRIOT act, etc?

The government has removed the concept of privacy as a basic right, which, by the way, the constitution doesn't allow them to do.

There's supreme court rulings on this-- believe it or not, one of they key ones was Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion by finding that anti-abortion laws violated women's right to privacy.

I trust Apple to do the right thing, because they've always done right by me.

I trust the federal government to do the wrong thing, because they've never done right by me, and they've constantly lied about it. (Even the Privacy Act of the 1970s reduced privacy, and the few protections it did provide are routinely violated by the federal government now.)

Oh, right, they can get PR for themselves by going after Apple and %90 of the people never bothered to read the bills I referred to earlier and so have no clue that the government has put privacy violations into law.
Rating: 2 Votes
42 months ago
It's funny how this whole controversy started with an Apple product, but I think it's some of the other vendors who might be worried now. Apple's been very honest and has already rushed out a software update to address the issue. Furthermore, Apple's actually battled against magazine publishers who want to get more info on iPhone users and are mad Apple won't let them.

Their historical track record in this area makes it clear that Apple is more interested in making money from device sales than they are from data-mining sales.

But what about some of the other platforms? We haven't heard as much from them. Are they going to look forward to all this attention? I suspect this whole thing will be very good for Apple and very bad for some other companies.
Rating: 2 Votes

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