Apple CEO Steve Jobs yesterday (27 April) defended the iPhone's use of location data and said the company looked forward to testifying before Congress and other regulators.
In an interview with news website All Things Digital, Jobs said: ‘I think Apple will be testifying. They have asked us to come and we will honour their request, of course.’
Apple came under fire earlier this month after it was revealed that its signature product, the iPhone, stored user Wi-Fi and GPRS information using its i0S database file and backed it up in iTunes.
The manufacturer responded publicly for the first time yesterday about the privacy concerns raised by US government officials over whether the process would make it possible to retrieve someone’s personal information by accessing their computer.
Apple admitted in a statement that iPhones did keep a database of nearby Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers but denied that it tracked the movements of its iPhone customers.
The company said: ‘Apple is not tracking the location of your iPhone. Apple has never done so and has no plans to ever do so.’
Meanwhile, privacy issues have overshadowed the launch of the white iPhone 4. The long-awaited handset went on sell worldwide today, 10 months after its black counterpart.