Microsoft has managed to avoid a good deal of the heat surrounding the smartphone tracking freakout of the past few weeks, largely missing out on the media finger pointing and, unlike Apple and Google, avoiding the Senate hearings. For those worried that Redmond got off scot-free, have no fear -- Congress asked the company to respond to questions via letter, and Windows Phone head Andy Lees happily replied, stating that, while the OS does, in fact, have tracking built-in, it's intended for "landmarks not users," collecting the locations of things like cell towers and WiFi access points. Just to be safe, Lees also promised that, like the iOS 4.3.3 fix, the next WP7 update will do away with some of that controversial tracking.

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Microsoft outlines WP7 tracking policy, promises to cut it out