iFollow – iPhone records where you’ve been

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Now this is scary. According to an article in the Guardian, your iPhone apparently keeps track of where you’ve been and saves that data both on your phone and your computer when you sync. The file that contains the information keeps track of both the longitude and latitude of the phone’s coordinates along with a timestamp, which can easily be aggregated to see where you’ve been the past few days or months, essentially building a detailed picture of your daily routine. The tracking problem seems to have started from the last June update (2010) of the popular iOS Phone operating system.

“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 who uncovered the potential issue. Additionally, the researches have looked at the Android OS has not found a similar tracking system. There’s no evidence that the data is being sent to Apple, but the mere fact that this particular problem exists is worrying. There’s also no known fix as of yet.

Source: The Guardian