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iPhone, iPad said recording your every move

At the Where 2.0 conference the discovery of the day is that your iPhone and iPad is tracking your every move. Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden make the find and note on the O'Reilly Radar blog:

"Ever since iOS 4 arrived, your device has been storing a long list of locations and time stamps. We're not sure why Apple is gathering this data, but it's clearly intentional, as the database is being restored across backups, and even device migrations."

There are obviously security issues here--especially since the data is unencrypted and unprotected. This video outlines the find.

Naturally, this find will create a good bit of hubbub. I'm trying to keep myself from yawning.

  • Why? People allow their every move to be tracked anyway--willingly.
  • I happen to have GPS set up on my Android device. I have no idea what Google is keeping on me. Cue up the "Dignan you idiot" talkbacks.
  • I also know that a friend happened to be at Grand Central Station this morning because he checked in on FourSquare and it was blasted to his Twitter feed. Folks use Google Latitude.
  • MobileMe tracks you too.
  • OK, I know that there's a small opt-in issue here. But most Apple fans would opt in anyway. Let's face it, Apple isn't your average company. Most of you will like this tracking idea and scream: Track me Steve Jobs. Please!

    In other words, this tracking thing is just a wee bit overblown. You can track anyone and what they are doing these days. So it's a little scary that Apple has a file on you. But you trust your movements with other companies. Why not Apple? Privacy? Forget it. That was so 1980s.

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