Critics Wary of Cell Phone Tracking Potential

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The Federal Communications Commission is addressing the controversy over cell phones and other mobile devices that track consumers' whereabouts.

USA Today recently reported that location tracking systems are built into Apple's iPhone and Google's Android.

"Commercial location-based services include applications that help consumers find the lowest-priced product nearby or the nearest restaurant," the FCC said in statement Tuesday.

"But recent reports have raised concerns about the location-based information that is gathered when consumers use mobile devices," officials said.

The agency is asking the telecom industry to attend a public forum on the issue in Washington, D.C., in June in hopes of gleaning ideas on how to guard the public's privacy.

Scott Cleland, author of the book Search and Destroy: Why You Can't Trust Google, bills himself the world's leading Google critic.

He recently told USA Today that such tracking devices present a threat that should be taken seriously.

"The temptation and opportunity for this omni-tracking information to fall into the wrong hands is scarily real," he said.

"It could be abused by another rogue Google employee, another hacker of Google's system, government spy agencies that Google works with, or law enforcement who could gain access to it without a subpoena," he added.

Cleland talked more about the issue on the CBN News Channel Morning News, May 18.

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