Microsoft ‘intentionally designed software for phones to track customers without their consent’

Spying: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer talks about the Windows 7 phone which is said to have devices which can track its customers

Microsoft is being sued for intentionally designing camera software on the Windows 7 phone to ignore requests not to be tracked. This lawsuit happens only months after it was reported that iPhones collected and stored location data of their users and that TomTom GPS’ forwarded information to the police.


Microsoft ‘intentionally designed software for phones to track customers without their consent’

Microsoft allegedly tracks the location of its mobile customers even after users request that tracking software be turned off, according to a new lawsuit.

The proposed class action, filed in a Seattle federal court on Wednesday, says Microsoft intentionally designed camera software on the Windows Phone 7 operating system to ignore customer requests that they not be tracked.

A Microsoft representative could not immediately be reached for comment.

Spying: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer talks about the Windows 7 phone which is said to have devices which can track its customers

The lawsuit comes after concerns surfaced earlier this year that Apple’s iPhones collected location data and stored it for up to a year, even when location software was supposedly turned off. Apple issued a patch to fix the problem.

However, the revelation prompted renewed scrutiny of the nexus between location and privacy.

At a hearing in May, U.S. lawmakers accused the tech industry of exploiting location data for marketing purposes — a potentially multibillion-dollar industry — without getting proper consent from millions of Americans.

The lawsuit against Microsoft cites a letter the company sent to Congress, in which Microsoft said it only collects geolocation data with the express consent of the user.

‘Microsoft’s representations to Congress were false,’ the lawsuit says.

The litigation, brought on behalf of a Windows Phone 7 user, claims Microsoft transmits data — including approximate latitude and longitude coordinates of the user’s device — while the camera application is activated.

It seeks an injunction and punitive damages, among other remedies.

The case in U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington is Rebecca Cousineau, individually on her own behalf and on behalf of all others similarly situated v. Microsoft Corp., 11-cv-1438.

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until you come to zimbabwe you wont appreciate the level of ignorance that has gripped my people. Our best mobile operator Econet Wireless is owned by a Strive Masiyiwa,who happens to be on the board of trustees of the Rockefeller Foundation

when i got wind of tht i was like OMG,We are pawns in these dudes games.We now have smartphones penetrating peoples heads (including mine)hahahaha.Dont worry bout being tracked,God is tracking them too and they have no clue.

If you're worried about 12/21/12, then there's one urgent thing you can do….actually for that or any other 'crisis' – even those which are being created by this Progressive Regime in DC! Get yourself Right with the Lord….turn to Him and get your life in order – and you won't have to fear what is going to happen. While the Left attacks the Tea Party, what the TP represents is a return to the way this nation was founded. – with folks WORKING for what they have – ALL of us working together to make this country strong and great…and what happens when we live like that? – we ALL have a better life without the government telling us how to live, what to eat, what light bulbs to use, what phones we can or cannot use. Government is NOT the answer…ALL AMERICANS, living as AMERICANS – and not diverse… Read more »

P.S. if you're worried that 12/21/12 will be the 'birth of Satan" – relax – he's already here – and VERY active..just look at the present ruling class in DC! – and how they are working to tear us apart and only enforce those laws that they like.

ermmm, actually its not only microsoft, apple iphone also is tracking user and there is no way to turn it off ,android also tracking but it can be turn off in the settings

Hey, I have a windows phone 🙁 I like it…

I do too, but I am careful. I am not surprised about these people. Big brother always want to watch over little brother. The mass population will soon rebel. It is just a matter of time and place. These cynical things always reverse with no warning.

this crap makes my ass tired

RICA? this sounds very familiar to south africans. no privacy! whats next?

i never had any cellphone, if you want join me, find me and speak!

LMAO Reptilian shapeshifter

If you have nothing to hide,why should it bother you? "Ooo they know where I am. Oooo scary."

It is exactly this state of apathy that they have planted inside of you to watch grow and blossom.

Congrats nimrod, you obviously don't need your liberties anymore so "we" will be taking them now.

You have nothing to hide because you did nothing wrong, right? But WHO decides whether you've "done nothing wrong?" (Hint: it's NOT you…) It is easy to change the rules and make whatever you don't happen to like at the moment against the law if you're the one controlling the laws. You're right; if everyone did things honestly and righteously, then, sure there's "nothing to hide." But if they are doing things righteously, why in the world would they care? It's not like they're planning you a surprise party, and need you out of the house for 3 hours. It's NOT THEIR BUSINESS where you are, what you're doing, or who's with you. Isn't that everyone's complain against Christians, that they' re "always in other people's business, worrying about sins?" Well if you don't like Christians always alerting you to potential sins, why in the world DON'T you mind other… Read more »

This is not a coincidence!

Open your eyes and take a read in the Bible the prophecies or visions of John, Revelation

John – 13:16, 17 it says:

"And all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, he marked them with a sign on the right hand or forehead. And so, who did not have the sign, the name of the beast or the number of his name does not could buy or sell. "

Coincidence??? 🙁

@They Live says:

re your comment:

'@ Murad, Dec 21 2012 is supposedly the incarnation of Satan on this planet.'

Here's already here in multiple- George 'Dubya', Netanyahu, Tzipi Livni, Rumsfeld et al.

But we know how it ends, and that is what scares them. Christ the King- is always THE KING!

All smart phones transmit a locations. Cuz I was wondering how my camera knew where I took all my pictures when I was on vacation in the Key West and it showed the locations underneath my pictures…I was like…uhhh….. And I know this is irrelevant but
Apparently actress Rose McGowan best know for her role on Charmed (A show filled with occult symbols) and dating Marylin Manson (A well know satanist and a friend of Anton Levy) recently claims to have been raised in a cult…I know vigilant will have something to say about that.

Idk.. I can't really go anywhere without my cellphone. It's dangerous out here. People really don't understand.

I wouldn't exactly wanna be tracked everywhere I walk though. Disturbing.

when i won betty the owl, i grabbed 'to kill a mockingbird' from the grab bag, am i supposed to read it?

I knew something "strange" was up when they started making phones with apps on them in the first place. I don't need a phone with an app on it; all I need is a phone that will make a call and take a call. Simple as that. Nothing more, nothing less. Having access to the internet is not that important to me that I should be able to access it through my cellphone. IMHO, that's just a way to keep peoples' heads down in public, checking out the internet and whatnot, when they need to have their heads up, paying attention to what's going on around them instead. I can pass 100 random people on the street at any given time during the day, and 99 of them will have their heads down, looking at the internet on their cellphones, not paying attention at all to anything important going on… Read more »

wow i believe you, i experienced similar things, weird how i am watching the game right now and that migraine taggamount advertisement was on!??!

also today i signed up for my cable, NOT time warner aka 'the eye'

I have an iPhone. But whenever they want to locate me it gives me the option to press "OK" or "Don't Allow"

I do not feel bad for them, make your nest, sleep in it. even if you tell them

they will not get rid of their expensive phones,, they might not have food to eat

but they have an expensive gadget…is it necessary? nope

steve ballmer is a reptilian shapeshifter. his last name is a dead giveaway. ball = baal, a cheesy satanic god. mer = merd

Each little transgression or violation of a law desensitises us while ultimately pointing towards this "Machiavellian" scheme that will have us all chipped/branded. Soooooooo many of "us" have lost what matters most. For each of "us", what matters most is unique to our own experience in this life, but it is precisely these experiences that allow us to see eye to eye. The all seeing eye is not interested in what you are seeing, it has its own agenda that it must complete also.

So the question you should be asking yourself is, "What can I do to balance out this equation?"

You don't NEED a revolution, they do.

Stay human.

Frog out.

you are right lone frog, they really dont care to know that we are watching 'the game' or whatever i mean, this is to get the public used to the idea that sure they monitor us, aint nothing wrong with that, sure that credit card is quick and easy, aint nothin wrong with that, sure vigilant citizen is a computer with many different personalities, ehh whatever next!

oh we need this electronic device embedded into us in order to survive? ehh whats so bad about that? right?

You can not live in one society when everyone else is living in a different realm of reality. At some point the level of comprehension and understanding must be able to stand on the same ground and form of unity.. If not then that is the real definition of living in the Matrix and being unaware that you are living in the Matrix. Either way it is a place of limited knowledge and choices.

-_- Fail

Okay, okay even though millions of people DON'T know about illuminati, shouldn't they still find it strange that for some strange reason Microsoft and Apple "need" to put a tracker in your phone! *cough cough* Big Brother. Woah who said that?!

you wouldnt be surprised if you knew how GSM networks work..multiple transmitters constantly measure the strength of your signal so they have to know where you are at ALL TIMES. Moreover, they store your location in corresponding base transciever's table of users so that they wont have to search for your device and use precious frequency band all the time when someone calls you. To summarize it, there is no way your device can "hide" (it wouldnt work otherwise). So its no wonder they store your location; its right there for them, they just have to save it.

after reading A Primer on Theosophy, I believe that is a valid possibility. when you question everything/one…you stand alone. stronger.

the superficial focus on pop culture versus organization and guidance gives it away

We Monitor You Here, We Monitor You Everywhere.

There is NO Escaping us….


Ok but why? what is the reason for them to know where all the billions of people are up to? dont they have lives of their own? wont they get bored! come on all this tracking and stuff, and cameras in our cable boxes? are there really people out there watching us sit on our butts all day watching tv? and if so, why??? who the hell cares what we are up to!!??!?!!

Hi! It's because they realize that there are far more of us than there are of them; so they feel the need to monitor us carefully, to make sure that no one successfully organizes and executes an insurrection against them.

lets execute an inserrection against them! first, im gonna sit here and eat my mcdonalds and watch some p**n on the internet tho! FTW (kidding)