Your Iphone is tracking you everywhere you go.
UPDATE: IT turns out that this was a glitch that got resolved. You can read further, but it is now a non-issue.
iSpy Conspiracy: Your iPhone Is Secretly Tracking Everywhere You’ve Been
It turns out that your iPhone is keeping a record of everywhere you’ve been since June. This data is stored on your phone (or iPad) and computer, easily available to anyone who gets their hands on it. Why? Apple won’t say. We’re creeped out.
The enormous privacy startle, apparently enabled by this summer’s iOS 4 release, was discovered by two security researchers, one of whom claims he was an Apple employee for five years. They’re equally puzzled and disturbed by the location collection: “By passively logging your location without your permission, Apple have made it possible for anyone from a jealous spouse to a private investigator to get a detailed picture of your movements,” they explain. All it would take to crack the information out of your iOS device is an easy jailbreak. On your computer, the information can be opened as easily as JPEG using the mapping software that the security experts have made for download—Try it yourself.
The only one who seems to care is Al Franken.
Sen. Al Franken To Hold Hearing On Secret iPhone Tracking
Senator Al Franken (D-MN) has stepped up his pressure on Apple CEO Steve Jobs, announcing on Monday that he will hold hearings on the recent revelation that Apple iPhones and iPads are secretly tracking and storing their users’ locations.
“The same technology that has given us smartphones, tablets, and cell phones has also allowed these devices to gather extremely sensitive information about users, including detailed records of their daily movements and location,” Franken, Chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law, said in a statement posted on his website.
“This hearing is the first step in making certain that federal laws protecting consumers’ privacy-particularly when it comes to mobile devices-keep pace with advances in technology,” he added.
Franken said he has invited representatives from Apple and Google to attend the hearing, titled, “Protecting Mobile Privacy: Your Smartphones, Tablets, Cell Phones and Your Privacy.” The hearing is scheduled for May 10.
Last week, O’Reilly Radar broke a story that Apple devices had been secretly tracking the latitude and longitude of their users, complete with a timestamp. Incensed, Franken then wrote a strongly worded letter to Jobs demanding answers about the program which he said, “raises serious privacy concerns.”
My personal guess is that this is an NSA project. Remember… there is a war on terror. etc…etc… The end of the day is that we actually line up to pay for Big Brother in our lives if we make the packaging shiny enough.