Wow. Your iPhone and iPad are tracking every move you make.
The video above shows an iPhone 4 being tracked along a train route between Washington DC and New York City. Where did the data come from? The iPhone 4 itself. O'Reilly Radar reports that since iPhones and iPad 3Gs were updated with Apples iOS 4 operating system, devices regularly record the geographical coordinates of their location, together with a timestamp, and store them in an easy-to-access file.
The security and privacy implications are enormous. If you've owned an iPhone 4 since it became available last year, it has a complete log of everywhere you've been and potentially how long you've spent there. As has been pointed out by technology pundits, it won't be long before the information is called upon in divorce wrangles. Worse, the information is unencrypted and unprotected - one of the authors of the post has written a simple programme to extract the information from any device.
Of course there are plenty of apps that record location information - Foursquare, Gowalla, even Apple's own Find iPhone app. But these services are opt-in; a user can choose to enroll in these services and opt-out when they choose. The question is why is Apple recording this information without the consent of the owner?