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Lawmakers Probe Apple, Google

Members of the US Congress are conducting a probe into major technology companies. Four senior House Republicans have sent letters to the CEOs of Apple and Alphabet (the parent company of Google), asking about location data, mobile phone privacy practices and the handling of customer data.

The letters cited reports that smartphones can, and in some instances, do, collect non-triggered audio data from users’ conversations. They suggest third party applications may have access to – and use – this data without disclosure to users.

Alphabet said it would answer the questions, claiming that protecting users’ privacy and securing their information is of the utmost importance to the company.

An Apple spokesman declined to comment.

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