Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 27th Apr 2011 21:40 UTC
Apple Apple has responded to the location data thing, and as it turns out, most of us moderate folk were completely right. Apple claims the data isn't sent to Apple, and that the storing of the information is a bug Apple will fix in the coming weeks. Still a very nasty and potentially dangerous bug, but not the massive privacy issue many made it out to be. Also, a new colour iPhone is out, which, if you were to believe the gadget and Apple sites, is yet another Apple revolution.
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"Massive" would be if Apple were uploading all of that data to their servers and keeping it forever, like, say... Google? But that aside, it sounds like a combination of bug and half-planned feature, so a bug that it shipped and kept the whole history instead of trimming it. It certainly makes sense from the perspective they talked about, i.e. making location lookups faster by keeping some of the WiFi / cell information for a quicker lookup - consider the WiFi-name-based location lookups.

I'm wondering - do we cell phone users NOT think that the phone company probably has some logs somewhere doing the same thing? From stories told about the telecoms, they have switches built in for all of the Echelon monitoring and it seems they regularly provide logs to the police that contain phone locations. At least this was just on our own devices, and it sounds like it will be removed/encrypted shortly.

If you get arrested in a country where the police feel they can just download everything from your phone, ... oh wait, like the US in certain states now! ... well, they'll probably 'find' a bag of cocaine in your jacket pocket if they're in a bad mood anyway, or claim you were resisting arrest and beat you for the fun of it, so your phone's location history is probably the least of your worries. Hell, they may find you in contempt if you don't give them access to the encrypted location file that you don't even have the private key to. ;)

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