(CNN) - Executives from Google and Apple may get an old-fashioned grilling at Tuesday's Senate hearing on high-tech privacy.
Their session before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law comes a few weeks after it was revealed that smartphones and tablets for both companies can track information about the whereabouts of their users and store that data.
At first I though this was leftover test software in the operating systems, which is actually not uncommon. But now I am not so sure that it isn't benign. The issue I have is that users, perhaps unknowingly because they didn't read the fine print, have granted permission for this to be done by accepting the license agreement.
That in and of itself is not so bad, the malignant part is that if you decline the agreement your operating system remains disabled. So, you are forced accept their terms whether you like it or not, because you have already signed into a service agreement that you cannot back out of. Users have no power to negotiate the terms of the agreement, so that they could remove consent clauses that they do not like.