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No Locations for Windows Phones

Apple and Google both have black eyes after news surfaced that their mobile devices track and store your every move, even when you tell them not to. And one of the little secrets that has come to light  is that Joe Law has been given this data as part of investigations.

Hey, I'm all for putting creeps behind bars, but spying on all of us to do so may not be such a great trade (agree or beg to differ at

If you are a criminal or freedom-loving American, you may want to opt for Windows Phone 7. Microsoft says it tracks location only if users asks it to. But it does not do so without explicit permission and doesn't store the data in hidden, encrypted files like the iPhone, iPad and Android devices clearly do.

Is Microsoft really the one to be trusted here? Based on a few recent projects, I've come face-to-face with Redmond privacy policies and tend to think so.

Feel free to disagree at

Posted by Doug Barney on 05/02/2011 at 1:18 PM


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