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    Well, this is unsettling. Apparently, ever since this summer's iOS 4 release, iPhones have been quietly tracking your location at all times, logging that info in an unencrypted file that anyone can access. Yikes.

    The privacy issue was discovered by two security researchers, Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden, who worked for Apple years ago on desktop visualization software (though not on anything related to the iPhone). The location info is easy to access, both on your phone (or iPad) or on any computer that you've synced it to. The location info appears to rely on tower triangulation rather than GPS data, meaning it locates you even if you have location services switched off.

    Curious what your tracking data looks like? You can download the program that opens up the info and sticks it on a Google Map, showing exactly where you've gone since June. It is scarily accurate.

    The team has assembled a pretty comprehensive FAQ going over the how and why, but the answer to "what's so bad about this" is probably the most telling:

    The most immediate problem is that this data is stored in an easily-readable form on your machine. Any other program you run or user with access to your machine can look through it.
    The more fundamental problem is that Apple are collecting this information at all. Cell-phone providers collect similar data almost inevitably as part of their operations, but it's kept behind their firewall. It normally requires a court order to gain access to it, whereas this is available to anyone who can get their hands on your phone or computer.


    This is definitely not good. You can expect a response from Apple pretty soon about this one.

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    Above Article Taken from HERE

    More reading HERE

    Also, if you want to download the application to see your movements to HERE (I think it only works on a Mac)

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    Just another reason for me to never use the iPhone, saying that Google hasn't commented on what they are tracking.

    Anyway, any of you married guys with iPhones are now easily trackable by your other halves

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    Anyone can be traced anywhere. It's very easy, all I need is a phone number, even if it was an occaisional use "punting sim" or whatever to find out everything there is to know about a person.

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    Quote Originally Posted by monster_monster View Post
    Well, this is unsettling. Apparently, ever since this summer's iOS 4 release, iPhones have been quietly tracking your location at all times, logging that info in an unencrypted file that anyone can access. Yikes.

    The privacy issue was discovered by two security researchers, Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden, who worked for Apple years ago on desktop visualization software (though not on anything related to the iPhone). The location info is easy to access, both on your phone (or iPad) or on any computer that you've synced it to. The location info appears to rely on tower triangulation rather than GPS data, meaning it locates you even if you have location services switched off.

    Curious what your tracking data looks like? You can download the program that opens up the info and sticks it on a Google Map, showing exactly where you've gone since June. It is scarily accurate.

    The team has assembled a pretty comprehensive FAQ going over the how and why, but the answer to "what's so bad about this" is probably the most telling:

    The most immediate problem is that this data is stored in an easily-readable form on your machine. Any other program you run or user with access to your machine can look through it.
    The more fundamental problem is that Apple are collecting this information at all. Cell-phone providers collect similar data almost inevitably as part of their operations, but it's kept behind their firewall. It normally requires a court order to gain access to it, whereas this is available to anyone who can get their hands on your phone or computer.


    This is definitely not good. You can expect a response from Apple pretty soon about this one.

    _____________________________________________________

    Above Article Taken from HERE

    More reading HERE

    Also, if you want to download the application to see your movements to HERE (I think it only works on a Mac)

    _____________________________________________________

    Just another reason for me to never use the iPhone, saying that Google hasn't commented on what they are tracking.

    Anyway, any of you married guys with iPhones are now easily trackable by your other halves
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    Just heard it on the news supposedly there is a secret ap fuck that so someone somewhere knows my movements for the last four months scary stuff.

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    Cheers MM for that , and I thought my iPhone was the business .: doc
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    Yeah, but they know what you eat everytime you use your Clubcard. You can be on the radar, but stay anonymous(e). Who gives a fuck about one guy moving through the grid?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mousey View Post
    Yeah, but they know what you eat everytime you use your Clubcard. You can be on the radar, but stay anonymous(e). Who gives a fuck about one guy moving through the grid?
    Dosent have to be government or police tracking you. Anyone can do it with the right bit of software and knowledge.
    Track your location with the phone, follow you home and then use the address and your reg number to find out almost anything they want to.

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    i phone my hole should have gone with an antroid sony ericsson all the way can't and won't be beaten lets see the value of apple drop ha ha pity all those that went and spend loads on i-phone not their fault i wonder can u claim for compensation for privacy
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    Thanks - handy to know because half the time I am so drunk I don't know where I have been.

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    savage thomas like the way ur taking it
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    Thanks - handy to know because half the time I am so drunk I don't know where I have been.
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