October 27, 2016

Does Windows Phone 7 Track Your Location?

(LiveHacking.Com) – According to Reuters, Microsoft is being sued for intentionally tracking user’s locations even when the user has explicitly requested to not be tracked. The class action, filed in a Seattle federal court, says Microsoft intentionally designed camera software on the Windows Phone 7 operating system to ignore customer requests that they not be tracked.

The lawsuit against Microsoft cites a letter the company sent to Congress. “Collection is always with the express consent of the user and the goal of our collection is never to track where a specific device has been or is going,” said Microsoft in the letter it sent to Congress. The lawsuit maintains that “Microsoft’s representations to Congress were false.”

This isn’t the first time a mobile phone company has been accused of gathering too much information about user locations. In May of this year Apple were forced to release iOS 4.3.3 to fix the so-called Locationgate tracking bugs. The update fixed the bugs which caused iPhones to store up to a years worth of cell tower information which was then synced with iTunes.

This new litigation, brought on behalf of a Windows Phone 7 user, claims Microsoft transmits data, including approximate latitude and longitude coordinates of the user’s device, while the camera application is activated. The plaintiff is seeking an injunction and punitive damages.