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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mrhasbean
Member since:
2006-04-03

do we cell phone users NOT think that the phone company probably has some logs somewhere doing the same thing?


For some of those who post here I guarantee they don't ... think. And it's precisely the case telcos do collect that information. Having seen some police "evidence" from a case involving a friend's grandson I can attest that it would curl the hairs on the back of most people's neck to know just how much info telcos collect about you. Then there's the likes of Google who not only collect the data but make it indirectly available to anyone who pays them - where are the constant stream of negative articles and comments about them?

Yet because this is "Evil Apple" storing YOUR location information on YOUR own device that is backed up to another of YOUR own devices that YOU'RE responsible for securing, and even though they don't take or use that information despite the license agreement theoretically allowing them to, it's some huge issue.

Meanwhile back at the ranch Google does yet another backflip on their "free" services wanting even more people to pay for the privilege of being tracked, and it doesn't even rate an article...

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dvhh Member since:
2006-03-20

The point being that one company shouldn't have all the informations, Fragmented company that have the different piece of info is ok, because the excahnge of data is regulated by the EULA, Apple is becoming one big entity with multiple branch (a la google), and they even got our credit card number. Apple would keep their info for themselves, but can excahnge the info internally.

And remember that google was slapped on the hand for collecting wifi information with their street view car as it was a privacy location. And Apple is getting away with it because it is "crowed sourced" ?

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Vietman Member since:
2007-02-06

It's not so much the companies that have the information, it's the global intelligence syndicate, using Echelon to track your every transaction, movement, communication and spoken word.

Heck, Google has even admitted to recording sound from your webcam to give targeted marketing. If that isn't "evil", what is?

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JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

Then there's the likes of Google who not only collect the data but make it indirectly available to anyone who pays them - where are the constant stream of negative articles and comments about them?


Well you are one of the "constant stream of negative articles and comments about them". So... puhlease!..
And I would live to see the logic how an advertiser can get to my personal information. In fact, being an advertiser myself and consulting some big spenders on Google ads, I have not had any info from Google given to me on the individuals that click on my ads.

Yet because this is "Evil Apple" storing YOUR location information on YOUR own device that is backed up to another of YOUR own devices that YOU'RE responsible for securing

Again. It's not the fact that it's on your own device, it's the fact that it's backed up in cleartext. It's not cleaned up when it should. It's not the type of information that should be backed up.
And BTW, isn't it Apple's moto to make computing as easy as possible? So that even 90 y/o people can use it without any issues or worries? Since that is their moto, why aren't you holding them to it?
To be fair to Google, I don't consider them perpetually good. There is only one person that reminds Google of the "Don't Be Evil" - Sergey Brin. If he leaves, I will drop Google right there...

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