Microsoft is in the crosshairs of a lawsuit charging that smartphones powered by Windows 7 software noted the whereabouts of users even if they didn’t want to be tracked.
A suit filed a day earlier on behalf of a woman from the US state of Michigan maintained that Microsoft gathered location information from Windows 7 smartphones in disregard of people refusing consent for the process.
“Microsoft consciously designed its OS (mobile operating system) to siphon geographic location information from users and transmit their specific whereabouts to Microsoft’s servers,” lawyers said in court documents.
“Microsoft’s scheme is executed through its camera application, which comes standard with a mobile device running the Windows Phone OS,” the filing maintained.
The first time a Windows 7 phone user opens the pre-installed camera application a box pops up asking for permission to automatically tag images with the device’s location.