Franken Chastises Google, Apple at Mobile Privacy Hearing

Senator goes after companies over location data

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Putting on his most serious face, former comedian turned Democratic senator from Minnesota Al Franken gaveled to order his first hearing as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law Tuesday morning. With Franken’s instant recognizability and the star power of representatives from both Google and Apple, who were on hand to testify about how they manage the collection of mobile location data, there was no shortage of cameras, audience, or press.

There was, however, a shortage of Republicans, as only one Republican member of the subcommittee, Sen.



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