April 20, 2011 Papooh

iPhone user beware you are being track

P rivacy fears raised as researchers reveal file on iPhone that stores location coordinates and timestamps of owner’s movements. On Wednesday, they presented their findings at the Where 2.0 conference in San Francisco, explaining that the smart phone is recording the latitude and longitude of a user’s every movement. It stores the data in a secret file. Researchers believe the iPhone is the only smart phone wired with the location tracking device—they couldn’t find a similar code in Google’s Android phone.

The researchers have posted a program online that will let any iPhone user see a map of his or her location over time, going back to June, when iOS 4.0 was released.
Who Has Your Data?

Here’s the good news and the bad news.

The good news is that at the moment there’s no indication that Apple is collecting this data from your phone remotely.

The bad news is that it would be fairly simple for Apple, or anyone else who was interested for that matter, to access the files from your phone or from the backed-up iPhone data on your computer.

Hopefully Apple will patch this security hole and provide some answers to why this data was being stored.



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