Good morning everyone, I came across this article in a Linkedin discussion which I thought was very interesting.
“Apple has violated your personal trust. How?
By installing technology into your iPhone that tracks your EVERY move. Over at MoCoNews.net in their article iPhone Keeps Record Of Everywhere You Go it says that Apple’s tracking of your data will never leave your phone. Here’s the key:
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.
“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.”
And if you get a new phone, the data is transferred to your new phone.
“The Fourth Amendment is a protection against actions of the State, NOT actions of private institutions, or individuals.”
Does anyone think that once the state or any criminal knows this data is available, it’ll go after that data anyway it can, legal or illegal? Even though we have the fourth amendment, the government or criminal can STILL take legal or illegal actions to obtain this data AND use this data against you. And you may never know of it!
Imagine losing your phone “for an hour” and then find it reappearing again. Someone has downloaded your info and returned it without you knowing they’ve done it. Because we as iPhone users were not aware of these location logs anyone could have got the data and done harm to anyone, without our knowledge of it happening.
What if you’re Steve Jobs and your iPhone is lifted from you and this data is downloaded, do you think competitors would love this info? What if you were a CEO or person of means or had other important knowledge? Not everyone is trustworthy in my view, you may believe that everyone or all corporations are good, I don’t.
If the cell phone companies need the data to help improve the quality of my cell phone service, I don’t mind that.
It’s the access that bothers me. The point is that things are possible in some scenarios above and Apple did not ask for my PERMISSION to log my info which others might have access to, and therefore my TRUST is violated, no matter how non threatening it may seem.
Solution? Give us a “911″ tracking of info in case of an emergency, but let me have the choice of turning the rest on or off to the level that I choose.”
They guys over at mocoNews.net also elaborated on it in a similar article on their site.
Big brother is watching! Should we be worried?