Google: Location Data is Anonymous, Deleted After One Week

Tuesday May 10th 2011 by Staff

The company is responding to questions about Android's data collection practices for the Senate Judiciary Committee.

PCMag: In prepared remarks, Google's Alan Davidson addressed some concerns about Google's collection of location data before the Senate Judiciary Committee. "The location information sent to Google servers when users opt in to location services on Android is anonymized and stored in the aggregate and is not tied or traceable to a specific user," he said. "The collected information is stored with a hashed version of an anonymous token, which is deleted after approximately one week."

Apple's Guy Tribble is also scheduled to testify before the committee on his company's use of location data.

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