Representatives from Facebook, Apple, Google, and the Federal Trade Commission testified on Thursday before the Senate’s Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Insurance Subcommittee concerning privacy issues on mobile devices. The hearing follows questioning of both Apple and Google last week before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law concerning recent public revelations relating to location data collection and storage.
Testifying was director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection David Vladeck, Facebook CTO Bret Taylor, Apple VP of worldwide affairs Catherine Novelli, and Google director of public policy Alan Davidson. These four were joined by the executive director of the Association for Competitive Technology Morgan Reed and the COO of Common Sense Media Amy Shenkan. The hearing was convened by Subcommittee Chairmen Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) to understand what role the government could and should play in establishing a legislative standard to protect consumer privacy in an age where mobile devices can collect and transmit massive amounts of personal information.
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