Noted U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday wrote to Google’s chief executive raising issues about reports of an extensive database often known as Sensorvault that allegedly incorporates precise client location info from heaps of millions of gadgets.
The letter from Democrats and Republicans on the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee to CEO Sundar Pichai seeks a briefing and solutions on how this info is used and shared, citing a New York Times report that the database consists of practically each client with an Android cellular system, in some instances storing data dating back to 2009.
The letter is one of several despatched by members of Congress in recent months that developing concerns about how Google and other internet giants use users’ data.
The letter, which was signed by Democratic Representatives Frank Pallone and Jan Schakowsky and Republicans Greg Walden and Cathy McMorris Rodgers, requested Google who has access to the Sensorvault database and which services or apps gather the data.
The lawmakers requested for answers to their questions in addition to a briefing on the problem by May 10.
Besides, they requested Google if data is collected from patrons who claimed that their information not be shared and asked to be briefed on any third parties, apart from regulation enforcement, given entry to location information.
Google, Twitter, Facebook, and many free online portals depend on advertising for income and use information collected on customers to target these advertisements successfully.
Congress is anticipated to take up privacy laws after California handed strict privacy regulations that become constitutional next year.
Two U.S. senators introduced a bill in early April that would restrict online social media portals like Facebook and Google from deceptive users to persuade them to surrender private data.
The bill from Mark Warner, a Democrat, and Deb Fischer, a Republican, would additionally restrict online platforms with over 100 million monthly active customers from designing addicting video games or websites for kids below age 13.