[Guest post by Aaron Worthing; if you have tips, please send them here. Or by Twitter @AaronWorthing.]
Good news! Your Iphone is secretly tracking your movements:
Security researchers have discovered that Apple’s iPhone keeps track of where you go – and saves every detail of it to a secret file on the device which is then copied to the owner’s computer when the two are synchronised.
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.
For some phones, there could be almost a year’s worth of data stored, as the recording of data seems to have started with Apple’s iOS 4 update to the phone’s operating system, released in June 2010.
“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,” said Pete Warden, one of the researchers.
Yeah, not at all creepy on Apple’s part. And in case you are not an Apple user, and worried about this:
Only the iPhone records the user’s location in this way, say Warden and Alasdair Allan, the data scientists who discovered the file and are presenting their findings at the Where 2.0 conference in San Francisco on Wednesday. “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.”
Yeah, so unless this story turns out to be a hoax, Apple just lost a customer. Seriously, I have had Verizon forever and I was thinking about getting the Iphone on that service but not fraking now.
Also, it might be a good time to trot out a classic from Cracked: 5 Reasons Why You Should be Scared of Apple (language warning at the link). So I guess they need to amend it to be six reasons.
H/t: Hot Air.
[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]