Apple iPhone and Privacy Tracking

April 28th, 2011 by James

Apple iPhone and Privacy TrackingSecurity researchers have found that Apple is putting privacy of its customers at risk by tracking locations of users and saving every detail to a secret file.

The Daily Mail quoted Pete Warden, one of the researchers who discovered the file, as saying, “Apple has made it possible for almost anybody – a jealous spouse, a private detective – with access to your phone or computer to get detailed information about where you’ve been.”

From in.finance.yahoo.com:

Warden and his fellow researcher Alasdair Allan have set up a web page to inform the public about the file, and to give away a programme that lets Apple users check what location data the phone is storing.

Indeed, anyone with access to an iPhone user’s computer could run Warden and Allan’s application and see a visualisation of the phone’s movements.

The application shows the phone’s location on a map. Anyone running the programme can see the phone owner’s location on a specific date; all the locations a user has ever visited with their phone; or an animated map of the user’s movements over time.

The iPhone records the information whether or not its user agrees to being tracked.

However, Apple has not revealed whether the function can be disabled.

It was also revealed that any one who stole the phone or gained access to the computer could build a detailed picture of movements of the owner.

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