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Germany voices concerns over iPhone data gathering

Germany has echoed US concerns about the data Apple collects about the users of its iPhones.

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Germany has echoed US concerns about the data Apple collects about the users of its iPhones.

German justice minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger has asked Apple to reveal the kind of data the company is collecting, according to the New York Times.

The move comes after US congressmen Edward Markey and Joe Barton sent a letter to Apple chief executive Steve Jobs about the same issue.

They asked for an explanation of recent changes in the company's privacy policy. They also expressed concern about the impact of collecting geo-location data on iPhone users' privacy.

Apple recently updated its privacy policy to allow the iPhone producer and unspecified partners and licensees to collect, use and share user-location data.

Under German law, it is illegal to collect personal data such as geographic location and web traffic without an individual's permission.

German data protection experts said Apple could attempt to solve the problem by obtaining the consent of users before sharing data with third parties.

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