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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by kamil_chatrnuch on Fri 22nd Apr 2011 09:23 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Except they do tell you..."
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"The California Supreme Court allowed police Monday to search arrestees' cell phones without a warrant, saying defendants lose their privacy rights for any items they're carrying when taken into custody.

Under U.S. Supreme Court precedents, "this loss of privacy allows police not only to seize anything of importance they find on the arrestee's body ... but also to open and examine what they find," the state court said in a 5-2 ruling."


"Alarmingly, in many cases, extracting data from a mobile device is possible even if the device password is not known. Such extraction techniques take advantage of widely known vulnerabilities that make it disturbingly simple to access data stored on a smartphone by merely plugging the device into a computer and running specialized forensics software. For instance, Android and iPhone devices are vulnerable to a range of exploits, some of which Ars documented in 2009."

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RE: times change...
by Morgan on Fri 22nd Apr 2011 10:14 in reply to "times change..."
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Wow, what a blow to the 4th Amendment! Thank you for posting that. It seems the "gray area" I referenced earlier is becoming much broader in scope.

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by jptros on Fri 22nd Apr 2011 12:22 in reply to "RE: times change..."
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The Michigan State Police have also been accused of using devices at roadside checkpoints to download people's cell phone data:

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