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Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Matt Day.

September 5, 2011 at 8:49 AM

IBTimes: Microsoft issues statement on Windows Phone location-tracking lawsuit

The International Business Times, an online news publication, says Microsoft has issued a statement regarding the lawsuit filed last week alleging that the company intentionally tracks the movements of those using Windows Phone 7 mobile devices despite the users’ privacy settings.

That class-action suit was filed in federal district court in Washington state.

In response to the allegations Microsoft has issued a statement, saying its devices do not illegally track users’ locations, according to the IBTimes.

“Because we do not store unique identifiers with any data transmitted to our location service database by the Windows Phone camera or any other application, the data captured and stored on our location database cannot be correlated to a specific device or user,” a Microsoft spokesperson told the IBTimes. “Any transmission of location data by the Windows Phone camera would not enable Microsoft to identify an individual or ‘track’ his or her movements.”

The spokesperson went on to say: “Microsoft is investigating the claims raised in the complaint. We take consumer privacy issues very seriously. Our objective was — and remains — to provide consumers with control over whether and how data used to determine the location of their devices are used, and we designed the Windows Phone operating system with this in mind.”

[Update 9/6: A local Microsoft spokesperson has confirmed the statement.]

Similar allegations have been made against Apple’s and Google’s location tracking on their mobile operating systems.

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