IPhones do not listen in on users - Apple

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But consumers should remain concerned about the amount of personal information companies and third parties collect about them in general, according to experts.

Lawmakers cited a November report in Quartz alleging that Android devices collected users' location data even when the user disabled location services and other network capabilities.

"Apple's philosophy and approach to customer data differs from many other companies on these important issues", the letter reads.

Alphabet did not respond to questions about whether it had replied to lawmakers. They also sought information about any limits Apple and Google place on developers in collecting data from users' devices.

The tech giant also said they are committed to transparency on their data collection practices.

"Apple does not and can not monitor what developers do with the customer data they have collected, or prevent the onward transfer of that data, nor do we have the ability to ensure a developer's compliance with their own privacy policies or local law", it wrote. Lawmakers have questioned Apple's policies regarding privacy in the past, asking in 2017 about Apple's dealings with China over concerns it was complicit in assisting China's censorship-based regime.

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The company did reveal for the first time how many apps it rejects from its App Store for failing to comply with its policies - almost 40 percent of submissions don't make the cut.

The letter - written by Apple's director of federal government affairs, Timothy Powderly - says that: "We believe privacy is a fundamental human right and purposely design our products and services to minimize our collection of customer data".

"Not all technology companies operate in the same manner- in fact, the business models and data collection and use practices are often radically different from one another". "Nor does Apple use identifiable location information for targeted advertising". If an emergency call is found to be invalid - an accidental dial, for example - RapidSOS is supposed to discard that information immediately.

The committee didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

A spokeswoman for the Republican majority on the House Energy and Commerce Committee said "both companies have been cooperative thus far. The Committee looks forward to reviewing and analyzing the responses as we consider next steps".

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