In the midst of Apple coming under pressure about their data collection policies and changes to the software license agreement for iOS 4, Reuters is reporting that Germany is now demanding Apple “open its databases to German data protection authorities”
On Friday, German Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger made a statement that requested Apple be more transparent with their data collection practices. The statement said, “users of iPhones and other GPS devices must be aware of what kind of information about them is being collected.”
This isn’t so surprising and is a request that you can most likely expect from many other countries and regulatory bodies, until Apple decides to respond to the requests or change their current policies.
The new section of the iOS 4 software license agreement in question is posted below, if you’re interested in what all the concern is over.
“To provide location-based services on Apple products, Apple and our partners and licensees may collect, use, and share precise location data, including the real-time geographic location of your Apple computer or device. This location data is collected anonymously in a form that does not personally identify you and is used by Apple and our partners and licensees to provide and improve location-based products and services. For example, we may share geographic location with application providers when you opt in to their location services.”