Apple aren't tracking you as much as they used to with iPhone fix

5 May 2011

iphone-4-white-Apple have admitted that they were tracking your every movement (provided of course, you owned an iPhone or iPad) and now they're looking to fix all that up because they're the nicest people on Earth.

If you'd forgotten already, some security researchers discovered a hidden file on the devices which stored a record of everywhere they'd been. Use that with dubious software and a ne'er-do-well could generate a map of all your movements. That probably includes bowel movements as well as your weekly trip to a 'massage parlour'.

You can get the update from the iTunes store, which looks to cut the amount of stored data to just a week. To stop Apple collecting data completely, you'll have to disable the location services on your iPhone or iPad.

If you're feeling outraged that you've been tracked at all, tough shit. You've already given Apple permission to do so. When? Go read your terms and conditions for the iTunes store.

In response Apple, who are apparently releasing 'standard' and 'pro' versions of the iPhone5 later this year, said: "The iPhone is not logging your location, rather it's maintaining a database of wi-fi hotspots and cell towers around your current location, some of which may be located more than 100 miles away from your iPhone to help your phone rapidly and accurately calculate its location when requested."

Some don't agree with Apple however, with the company due to testify at a US senate about personal privacy as well as being hit with a lawsuit which has been filed in Florida which accuses Apple of violating privacy laws. All hail the iPhone 5!

[BBC]

TOPICS:   Technology   Mobile   Privacy   Gadgets

2 comments

  • fanpages
    Broken link for "releasing ’standard’ and ‘pro’ versions of the iPhone5". Should be: [ http://www.metro.co.uk/tech/862421-apple-iphone-5-to-come-in-standard-and-pro-versions#ixzz1LU2wRd9f ] BFN, fp.
  • Brend
    So?? If this is true then the iphone's sales may be affected. and plealse allow me recommend a website here http://www.awholesalecompany.com for share some cheap but good electronic products .

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