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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RE: Innovation
by kragil on Wed 27th Apr 2011 22:35 UTC in reply to "Innovation"
kragil
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2006-01-04

They try to patent: "Location Histories for Location Aware Devices" (http://lwn.net/Articles/440295/)

And anyways, how is "These calculations are performed live on the iPhone using a crowd-sourced database of Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower data that is generated by tens of millions of iPhones sending the geo-tagged locations of nearby Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers in an anonymous and encrypted form to Apple." not tracking people?

Anybody who thinks that this supposedly anonymous data can not be correlated with other data to reveal lots and lots of nasty stuff is just naive. Anonymity is really hard.

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