Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Apr 2011 21:59 UTC, submitted by Martin
Apple There's a bit of a stink going on - even in major media - about something iOS 4's been doing. Apparently, iOS 4 has been storing a list of locations and timestamps to a hidden, but readable file in a standard database format. The locations are triangulated using cell towers, and generally aren't as accurate as for instance GPS. Still, the file is stored without any form of protection on both your iPhone as well as your desktop.
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RE[5]: why wait?
by Not2Sure on Fri 22nd Apr 2011 20:21 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: why wait?"
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Yes, because Android phones are generally not rooted the day of release and pretty much sold with that notion ("their openeness") as a feature, or whatever.

I can't really think of a genuine reason why this geolocation data is useful as a local cache. Ever. Can one of you fanboi apologists for Google/Apple please provide a use case where it makes sense to keep track of previous locations at an OS level?

I could see where some applications might make use of last known locations for ease-of-use features but I'm pretty sure App Store and Android marketplaces would reject out of hand any app that stored this information without first securing the user's permission.

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