Microsoft responds to camera tracking claims

by Surur
September 5, 2011

In a recent law suit Microsoft has been accused of using the camera app to upload device IDs and location data of Windows Phone 7 users, even when they decline the service.

Microsoft has remained relatively silent following this accusation, but has now issues a statement to IBTimes, pleading their innocence.

They say:

Because we do not store unique identifiers with any data transmitted to our location service database by the Windows Phone camera or any other application, the data captured and stored on our location database cannot be correlated to a specific device or user. Any transmission of location data by the Windows Phone camera would not enable Microsoft to identify an individual or ‘track’ his or her movements.”

The Microsoft spokesman did however say they would investigate the claim, which could be a bug, further, saying:

“Microsoft is investigating the claims raised in the complaint. We take consumer privacy issues very seriously. Our objective was — and remains — to provide consumers with control over whether and how data used to determine the location of their devices are used, and we designed the Windows Phone operating system with this in mind.”

Read more at IBTimes here.

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