Bud Tribble Tells Senate That Apple Does Not Track User Locations

Posted May 10, 2011

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) Vice President of Software Technology Bud Tribble appeared in front of U.S. Senate members today to reiterate Apple’s position on user tracking. Tribble said that user privacy is one of Apple’s highest priorities. Tribble also said that Apple does random audits on App Store software.

Tribble said that Apple does not track users’ locations and does not share personally identifiable information with third parties without consent from users. “Apple is strongly committed to giving our customers clear and transparent notice, choice and control over their information, and we believe our products do so in a simple and elegant way,” stated Tribble.

When asked about the cache database file that was discovered on Apple 3G devices, Tribble said “Apple was never tracking an individual’s location from the information residing in that cache.” Tribble said that Apple has a crowd-sourced collection of cell phone towers and WiFi hotspots that helps Apple assess their location quickly before GPS signals can be obtained.