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German Concern Around iPhone Data Gathering

Following US concerns about Apple's data collection, Germany has also expressed a worry about the privacy implications for iPhones users.

The New York Times has reported that Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, a German justice minister has requested that Apple reveal the kind of data they are collecting.

This move comes following a letter which was sent to Apple last week by US congressmen Edward Markey and Joe Barton concerning the same issue.

They were asking for an explanation of the recent changes in the Apple's privacy policy. They also voiced concern over the impact of collecting geo-location data which reveals the location of iPhone users.

Under German law, it is illegal to collect this kind of personal data without an individual's permission. However Apple has recently updated its privacy policy to allow unnamed partners and licensees to collect, use and share user-location data.

German data protection experts say that Apple should solve this problem by obtaining the explicit consent of each user before sharing data with any third party.

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