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Apple is Secretly Tracking You
« on: April 20, 2011, 03:11:26 pm »
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iPhone keeps record of everywhere you go
Charles Arthur
guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 20 April 2011 14.06 BST

Security researchers have discovered that Apple's iPhone keeps track of where you go and saves every detail of it to a secret file on the device which is then copied to the owner's computer when the two are synchronised.

The file contains the latitude and longitude of the phone's recorded coordinates along with a timestamp, meaning that anyone who stole the phone or the computer could discover details about the owner's movements using a simple program.

For some phones, there could be almost a year's worth of data stored, as the recording of data seems to have started with Apple's iOS 4 update to the phone's operating system, released in June 2010.

"Apple has made it possible for almost anybody a jealous spouse, a private detective with access to your phone or computer to get detailed information about where you've been," said Pete Warden, one of the researchers.

Only the iPhone records the user's location in this way, say Warden and Alasdair Allan, the data scientists who discovered the file and are presenting their findings at the Where 2.0 conference in San Francisco on Wednesday. "Alasdair has looked for similar tracking code in [Google's] Android phones and couldn't find any," said Warden. "We haven't come across any instances of other phone manufacturers doing this."

Simon Davies, director of the pressure group Privacy International, said: "This is a worrying discovery. Location is one of the most sensitive elements in anyone's life just think where people go in the evening. The existence of that data creates a real threat to privacy. The absence of notice to users or any control option can only stem from an ignorance about privacy at the design stage."

Warden and Allan point out that the file is moved onto new devices when an old one is replaced: "Apple might have new features in mind that require a history of your location, but that's our specualtion. The fact that [the file] is transferred across [to a new iPhone or iPad] when you migrate is evidence that the data-gathering isn't accidental." But they said it does not seem to be transmitted to Apple itself.
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This is very disconcerting.  I will stick with Linux.
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Re: Apple is Secretly Tracking You
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2011, 06:52:55 pm »
Ooh. So glad I don't have an any apple products! I'm glad I have my android phone! If I want to enable locations I can, otherwise location is kept to myself and those who I want to know! :)

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Re: Apple is Secretly Tracking You
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2011, 07:42:37 pm »
Ooh. So glad I don't have an any apple products! I'm glad I have my android phone! If I want to enable locations I can, otherwise location is kept to myself and those who I want to know! :)

Have you tried Google Latitude? Its kinda cool
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Re: Apple is Secretly Tracking You
« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2011, 12:07:04 pm »
So Google Latitude is like Foursquare for Google?  Doesn't look like I can use it much if I don't have a smart phone.  Hadn't even heard of it before.
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Re: Apple is Secretly Tracking You
« Reply #4 on: July 26, 2011, 12:12:06 am »
So Google Latitude is like Foursquare for Google?  Doesn't look like I can use it much if I don't have a smart phone.  Hadn't even heard of it before.

Similar to Foursquare.  Its use is pretty limited outside of mobile use...  Its kind of scary, yet cool, how accurate it is.  I can see exactly where someone is, in real time, if they share their location with me.  Its all automatic once they accept sharing.  I would assume that Google is logging the location information -- It is scary how much information they collect about you.
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