iPhone Has Secret Tracking Software Stores Location Data: Video
So apparently iOS doesn’t respect users privacy, as it should, as the word is the iPhone has secret tracking software that records the users whereabouts, which then gets synced to your computer as part of iTunes sync.
According to an article over on 9to5 Mac by way of The Guardian, iOS 4 covertly tracks a user’s location and apparently for some users this means there could well be “almost a year’s worth of data stored.”
According to The Guardian, security researchers discovered the file that contains the longitude and latitude coordinates along with a timestamp, which means anyone that happened to steal your iPhone could with the help of a simple app discover the users movements.
One of the researchers, Pete Warden says…“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.”
The director of pressure group Privacy International, Simon Davies had this to say…“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.”
The article is quite lengthy, but the guys at 9to5 Mac have found a video by way of OreillyMedia detailing the issue and last almost 21 minutes so set a bit of time aside if your are worried about this iPhone tracking and check out the video below…enjoy.