Yesterday we posted about the fact that the Apple iPhone tracks data and keeps it in a hidden file on the phone itself as well as in the backup files that are created when you sync your phone to whatever device you sync it with. As I said then some were pretty upset about this in the ongoing (and probably never ending) tension that exists between those who are concerned about privacy issues and the makers of technology who can create the software and hardware that makes this kind of tracking possible.
Well, many bloggers and media sources, and now at least one Senator, are raising the volume on this story by demanding answers and expressing outrage. All well and good but as [...]
The revelation that Apple logs iPhone and iPad users’ movements has caused a fire storm. Privacy advocates, consumers and even politicians are crying foul, but this shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. In fact, every iPhone and iPad 3G user has given Apple permission to track their movements.
Most likely, Apple’s primary reason for collecting the data in the first place is so that it can sell more ads at a better rate. You can download the app and find more information by clicking here.
Do you know where your iPhone says you’ve been? If you’re one of those folks who are curious about how your smartphones track you this little application offers an interesting look into where you’ve been. iPhone Tracker installs on an OSX device that you’ve been syncing your iPhone to. It then scans your iPhone backup files for a hidden file that contains your location info. If it finds that file it creates a graphical display of where you’ve been with your iPhone.
The open source iPhone Tracker doesn’t send that data anywhere. But the data is available and of course we all know that smartphones have GPS info that could be used to locate [...]