Microsoft knows where you are – whether you like it or not

Microsoft knows where you are – whether you like it or notMicrosoft has been accused of tracking the location of Windows Phone 7 users even after they've expressly indicated that the tracking software be turned off.

A class action suit filed at a Seattle federal court on Friday claims Microsoft has deliberately set the geolocation feature of its WinPho camera software to pinpoint the location of users all the time, with no way of switching it off.

The case calls into question a letter from the software giant to the US Congress, which claimed that Microsoft only collected the information with the express consent of the user. “Microsoft's representations to Congress were false,” the lawsuit contends.

It's not clear at this stage whether the data being collected includes more than just the basic latitude and longitude coordinates that are logged as standard by geolocation systems.

The lawsuit has been filed on behalf of a Windows Phone 7 user, and is seeking an injunction and punitive damages.

If all that sounds vaguely familiar, it's because Apple was at the centre of similar controversy a few months ago with iOS, a “bug” that Apple fixed with a software update.

Via Reuters

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blizzard7  Sep. 4, 2011 at 12:42

What could this lawsuit really get? 20p for every Windows Phone user?

mytimeisnow  Sep. 4, 2011 at 12:47

umm maybe it will force microsoft to turn it off?
if you would rather the 20p then sure theyll sort that.
i know what i would rather!

emmajk42 / MOD  Sep. 4, 2011 at 19:38

That man is scary.

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 4, 2011 at 22:44

20p for every WP7 user....that'll be about a fiver then ;).

blizzard7  Sep. 5, 2011 at 00:02

Meeeeooowww! Do you really want this guy breathing down your neck :p

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 5, 2011 at 00:33

I think I could probably distract him with anything shiny ;). I know more people who still have "feature phones", than who own a WP7 device...mainly due to the fact I only know one person who has a WP7 device, to add insult to injury, that one person doesn't even like their phone haha :D. So far, WP7 has been a failure, there's no other way to put it :p.


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