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[2]: why wait?
by kragil on Fri 22nd Apr 2011 00:07 UTC in reply to "RE: why wait?"
kragil
Member since:
2006-01-04

Or just have a community that looks at the code and fix such "problems" before you install it. Works for all the distros.

And anyways, IF the code would have been open it wouldn't have had this "feature" in the first place. Apple thought they could get away with it.

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RE[3]: why wait?
by galvanash on Fri 22nd Apr 2011 00:24 in reply to "RE[2]: why wait?"
galvanash Member since:
2006-01-25

Is Android open in your opinion (serious question, opinions seem to vary on that)? It does exactly the same thing, only difference it is implemented sanely - it is limited to 50 fixes.

https://github.com/packetlss/android-locdump

It does not get wiped nor does it expire though (it will prune the data during updates, but not when nothing is happening), so you can use it to figure out he last 50 towers a phone contacted... Even if the phone has been off for an extended period of time.

My point is only that keeping track of stuff like this for the purposes of faster location fixing is not inherently evil - there is a valid reason to do it. It's just in Apple's case they either have a bug (it should be clearing out old data but it isn't) or they are doing it on purpose. Their eventual solution to the problem will make it clear which one it is.

Hanlon's Razor - "Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity"

Edited 2011-04-22 00:32 UTC

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RE[4]: why wait?
by kragil on Fri 22nd Apr 2011 00:42 in reply to "RE[3]: why wait?"
kragil Member since:
2006-01-04

Android is not one singular thing. It can be open and fairly closed.

If you run a community build rom like Cyanogenmod on your phone you can be more sure that there are no hidden surprises like this.

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RE[4]: why wait?
by JAlexoid on Fri 22nd Apr 2011 13:24 in reply to "RE[3]: why wait?"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

Is Android open in your opinion (serious question, opinions seem to vary on that)? It does exactly the same thing, only difference it is implemented sanely - it is limited to 50 fixes.

https://github.com/packetlss/android-locdump

Not only sanely, but as secure as possible. You need a rooted device to get to the data. I hope that iOS has some protection against leaking that data.

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