Al Franken vs. Apple and Google – No, It’s Not an SNL Skit

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Today at 10AM Eastern catch the live webcast of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on privacy and mobile technology. As much as I’d love to see Al Franken conduct this hearing – any hearing – entirely in character as Stuart Smalley, I’m actually looking forward to this for very different reasons. Mobile technology has become so sophisticated, while simultaneously embedding into every aspect of our lives, that it’s difficult to make some important distinctions. What’s the difference between a phone and a mobile computer and a tablet and a GPS tracking device? Hard to tell. It’s even harder to tell where to draw the line on mobile privacy.

[Read more of Jessamyn’s post on why devices that collect time-stamped location data can be a risk at GeekMom!]

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