Microsoft gathers information from Windows 7 smartphones

Microsoft on Thursday was 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.

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