Mobile phone providers reveal more on consumer data sharing

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Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs apparently “lied” about the tracking file contained on iPhones and iPads when Rep. Joe Barton (R., Texas) asked him about the company’s data-collection practices last year, the Wall Street Journal reported. While the company today said it would stop collecting the location-based data when users request it, privacy advocates expressed concern over the contradiction between the company’s statements and those it made earlier.

Meantime, Verizon Wireless, AT&T Inc., Sprint Nextel Inc. and T-Mobile USA have acknowledged that they collect user data,  but said they have  safeguards in place to protect consumers’ privacy, the Journal reported in a separate story. The companies acknowledged sharing some  data with third-party application developers, according to the report.