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Microsoft tracking customers, claims lawsuit

Last Updated: Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 12:56

London: Tech company Microsoft intentionally designed a mobile software to track its users without their consent, it has emerged.

According to a new lawsuit filed in a Seattle federal court, Microsoft designed camera software on the Windows Phone 7 operating system ignoring customer’s requests that the tracking software be turned off, the Daily Mail reports.

The litigation claimed Microsoft transmitted data, including approximate latitude and longitude coordinates of the user``s device, while the camera application is activated.

It seeks an injunction and punitive damages, among other remedies.

At a hearing in May, US lawmakers accused the tech industry of exploiting location data for marketing purposes without getting proper consent from millions of Americans.
The lawsuit claims Microsoft lied to Congress in a letter sent during hearings over how technology companies are using location data, the paper said.


First Published: Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 12:33
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