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Wi-Fi Privacy Focus of U.S. Senator’s Query to Apple, Google

Senator Richard Blumenthal asked Apple Inc., Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp. for information about the companies’ collection of data from private wireless networks to create maps of Wi-Fi service, saying the practice raises privacy concerns.

Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat who serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee, made the request in a letter to the companies that was released today by his office in Washington. The letter also was sent to BlackBerry maker Research in Motion Ltd., handset manufacturer Nokia Oyj and Skyhook Wireless Inc., a provider of wireless phone location services.