Apple, Google Invited to Senate Hearing on Mobile Phone Privacy

Steve Jobs and Larry Page have been invited to testify at the May 10 senate hearing on privacy and mobile telephones.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy extended the invitation, saying in a letter to the two that: “like many Americans, I read with deep concern recent press reports indicating that” the devices “collect, store and track user location data without the user’s consent.”
“As Congress considers updates to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act and other federal privacy laws, it is essential that the Senate Judiciary Committee have full and accurate information about the privacy risks posed by this new technology,” Leahy continued.
The hearing was called after researchers Pete Warden and Alasdair Allen published a report showing that iPhones store time-stamped location data.
Google has said it is willing to explain to lawmakers how it protects people’s privacy on mobile devices, no word from Apple yet.
Is this an invitation Apple can and should refuse?

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