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#61695 by Strangelove
Thu Apr 21, 2011 4:00 pm
It was recently revealed that Apple periodically stores location data on its users.

If you have an Iphone or an Ipad you are affected. There's a file on the device that hold your location data, and it goes back a long time too.
It basically reveals where you've been for the past year (if you've had the device for that long).

That's what you get for trusting Apple, or any big corporation with no respect for its users. I'm hardly surprised.

Let me ask you: Are you looking forward to the GPS feature on Sony's next handheld now, hmm?

Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/apr/20/iphone-tracking-prompts-privacy-fears
#61699 by ultimakillz
Thu Apr 21, 2011 4:09 pm
just one step closer to iskynet.

what a coincidence: http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/filmblog ... intcmp=239
#61744 by SunnyAutumn
Thu Apr 21, 2011 7:05 pm
I don't have anything against them seeing where I was with my iPad. If something happens, they'll know my location.
#61750 by Strangelove
Thu Apr 21, 2011 7:47 pm
Well. To be fair I doubt this data is actively used to snoop on someone. Most companies uses personal data for statistics and such. (Social internet sites and smartphones are gold for data miners. Most of the time they don't ask for permission.)

However, the extent of location data being stored is alarming. And being stored on a file means it's easy to access for anyone.

A higher-up at Apple *cough*Steve Jobs*cough* could for example deliberately access the Iphone of a competitor and look for ways to blackmail him. or he could blackmail politicians or judges.

Apple detects you are using a hacked iphone. They sue you for breaching the DMCA and they got your location so you can't run. Oh, and they also brick your phone for good measure.

If you are involved in some legal issue. Police can confiscate your Iphone and they will have detailed information about your movements for an extended period. Even if you were innocent, perhaps the investigation will reveal you were cheating on your wife.

They sell your personal info to spammers. Sinec they also got your location, they also sell this info to a airplane pilot whose job is to drop great offers on you from above. :lol:

The prime minister in my country is an avid ipad user. If for example the US wants him dead, they could just go via apple to get his location and smartbomb his ***. (ok, far fetched, but nevertheless possible)
#61752 by frank
Thu Apr 21, 2011 7:53 pm
Guys I got a solution.......turn off the gps!! :D :D :D :D
and if for example my dad has an iphone unlocked with tmobile can they still track him?
Cuz i think they can only do this through at&t...thats why at&t always bugs iphone users about getting internet!! :o
and no my dad doesn't have internet on his tmobile iphone
#61939 by SunnyAutumn
Fri Apr 22, 2011 10:31 am
TiPi wrote:Hm, wondering what Anonymous will think of this.

You have made my day! Thank you!
#61950 by JJS
Fri Apr 22, 2011 10:58 am
To be fair, there is no evidence that this gathered position data is being transmitted to Apple (or anyone else). I think this is an important fact that should not be left out in the discussion. Of course, the fact that this data is gathered at all is dubious.

Also: The position data is gained by triangulating the cell tower locations. So turning off GPS will not prevent the data acquisition.

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