Mobile phone providers reveal more on consumer data sharing


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.