Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Instagram and other startups have been asked to reveal and explain their data collection habits.

This article titled “Apple and iPhone app developers face privacy questions from US Congress” was written by Stuart Dredge, for guardian.co.uk on Friday 23rd March 2012 09.30 UTC

Two US Congressmen have written to Apple and 33 publishers of social iPhone apps requesting details on how they gather, store and use data on their users, as the row over apps privacy rumbles on.

The pair – Henry A. Waxman and G.K. Butterfield – sit respectively on the Congress' energy and commerce committee and its commerce, manufacturing and trade subcommittee.

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