Your iPhone tracks your whereabouts

If you have an iPhone, it has been keeping a record of everywhere you have been since June, and the reason why is unclear, Gizmodo’s Sam Biddle reported today.

Mobile providers can always store location-based data, but this goes further, according to two security researchers:

“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.

“By passively logging your location without your permission, Apple have made it possible for anyone from a jealous spouse to a private investigator to get a detailed picture of your movements.”

To see how your iPhone has been tracking your movements, visit the researchers’ how-to posting.


Image: petewarden.github.com
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