Federal lawsuit filed against Microsoft for tracking locations of users.

Microsoft lawsuitSeattle: The latest in the location tracking scandals was a federal lawsuit filed against Microsoft Corp., this week,  Microsoft Corp. Latest from The Business Journals that claims Windows Phone users are tracked even after they turn off the device’s location tracking, the reports said.

According to the reports, lawsuit was filed on behalf of Rebecca Cousineau, who asserts that the company gathered information concerning her location via the phone’s camera, even after she opted out of the geo-location service.

Such complaints also surfaced against Apple earlier this year condemning that the iPhones location data are stored for at least 1 year even after turning off the location software.

During a hearing in May, US lawmakers said that companies use this data for marketing purposes, earning millions of dollars, without getting consent from their users.

A few months back, Microsoft sent a letter to Congress stating that the company collects only geo-location data and that too with the consent of the user. The lawsuit states that “Microsoft’s representations to Congress were false.”

The litigation seeks penal damages with a ban on this practice from Microsoft. A representative from Microsoft was not available for comment.


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