Microsoft Tracks Phone Users Without Consent: Suit

Law360, New York (August 31, 2011, 9:20 PM EDT) -- Microsoft Corp. was hit with a class action Wednesday in Washington federal court accusing the computer and software giant of tracking consumers' locations through mobile devices in violation of their privacy settings.

Through its Windows Phone 7 operating system, Microsoft tracks the movements of mobile device users — even those who decline to have their locations tracked when prompted by the software, according to the suit filed by Windows Phone 7 user Rebecca Cousineau.

"Regardless of the device model, Microsoft consciously designed its OS to siphon...
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