Microsoft sued for spying on everyone
There are some of you who have been using a Microsoft phone and opting out of having your whereabouts tracked. Well, there's a chance that Microsoft has completely ignored you and spied on you all the same, tracking all the tedious places you've been to.
That's what some lawsuit is claiming at least.
The legal action claims that people using a Windows Phone 7 smartphone are being tracked everytime the camera on their phone is switched on. Microsoft are declining to comment.
This isn't the first time we've heard complaints about something like this. Apple, Nokia and Google have also been chided for recording users' private data. Microsoft, Nokia, Apple and Google were hauled before the US Congress to explain their privacy policies and Google Android phones were found to gather location data, however, it required explicit permission from users.
The lawsuit alleges that Microsoft's letter to congress, which claimed that location data is collected "always with the express consent of the user", was "false".
The claim, filed by Rebecca Cousineau, says Microsoft are transmitting data in phones such as the HTC 7 Mozart and the Samsung Omnia 7.
Tracking is undertaken by the software giant to help "deliver more useful and relevant experiences to users", adding; "To provide these rich experiences, Microsoft collects limited information necessary to determine the approximate location of a device. Collection is always with the express consent of the user and the goal of our collection is never to track where a specific device has been or is going."
They add: "We believe that, when designed, deployed and managed responsibly, the location-based feature of a mobile operating system should function as a tool for the user and the applications he or she elects to use, and not as a means to generate a database of sensitive information that can enable a party to surreptitiously 'track' a user."
To anyone who noticed that every paragraph started with the letter 'T', shame on you.