Microsoft 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.