20 April 2011

The iPhone tracks all of your movements

Whether you want it to or not...
Security researchers have discovered that Apple's iPhone keeps track of where you go – and saves every detail of it to a secret file on the device which is then copied to the owner's computer when the two are synchronised.

The file contains the latitude and longitude of the phone's recorded coordinates along with a timestamp, meaning that anyone who stole the phone or the computer could discover details about the owner's movements using a simple program.

For some phones, there could be almost a year's worth of data stored, as the recording of data seems to have started with Apple's iOS 4 update to the phone's operating system, released in June 2010...

"Alasdair has looked for similar tracking code in [Google's] Android phones and couldn't find any," said Warden. "We haven't come across any instances of other phone manufacturers doing this."..

The fact that [the file] is transferred across [to a new iPhone or iPad] when you migrate is evidence that the data-gathering isn't accidental." But they said it does not seem to be transmitted to Apple itself...

The iPhone system, by contrast, appears to record the data whether or not the user agrees. Apple declined to comment on why the file is created or whether it can be disabled...

Apple can legitimately claim that it has permission to collect the data: near the end of the 15,200-word terms and conditions for its iTunes program, used to synchronise with iPhones, iPods and iPads, is an 86-word paragraph about "location-based services".
More information at the Guardian source.


  1. Hi, I'm really glad now that I don't have an iPhone. This news sounds disturbing...

  2. Shall we go back to that original Mac commercial with the 1984-ish theme and reconsider what it means?


  3. Another thing that makes Android owners like me smile.

  4. Update: turns out the Android does this too.

  5. I'm a phone Luddite and my phone is not smart. I don't even turn it on unless I'm making a call. Twenty-four years ago I had one of the early "portable" phones in a carry bag, progressed to the brick phone, the flip phone and now have a small phone, but not one that I use for anything other than placing calls. I don't even give my cell number to people. Given this information, I'm glad I'm not dependent on what now appears to be a tracking devise.

  6. Someday all of the little dots will merge in the Gulag. Gotta have that crapola. The yuppy is his own worst enemy. The only winners here are the moichant piggys and big brother.

  7. We need not to surprise now a days because today's technology is very advanced so we need to develop our technology with a rapid speed then all of us can enjoy with so many other features like this.


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