August 8, 2022

What you need to know

  • Lawmakers have called on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Google and Apple’s mobile tracking practices.
  • Google and Apple have been accused of enabling tracking IDs by default in their respective operating systems.
  • The tech giants’ mobile trackers are viewed as a way for private actors to hunt down women seeking abortion using their location data.

Google and Apple are in hot water anew after lawmakers called on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to probe their mobile tacking practices, citing concerns that these identifiers could be used to track down women seeking abortions.

According to The Wall Street Journal (opens in new tab), four Democratic lawmakers have accused the tech giants of paving the way for the collection and sale of user data. This was made possible by the existence of ad-specific identifiers in Android and iOS, the lawmakers stated in a letter to FTC chairperson Lina Khan.