View Full Version : Why is Apple Tracking Us?

04-22-2011, 01:06 PM
Is Apple up to no good? Looks like since they released their iOS4 mobile OS, they have been tracking the users by storing unencrypted geographic coordinates in a hidden file.

Less than a day after a pair of security researchers revealed that the Apple iPhone and iPad 3G record the device's location history, Senator Al Franken, D-Minn., fired off a letter to Apple CEO Steve Jobs demanding that the company explain why.

On Wednesday, Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden shared their research showing that, since Apple released its latest iOS4 mobile operating system, the iPhone and iPad 3G have been storing unencrypted and unprotected logs of users' geographic coordinates in a hidden file.

In a post about their discovery Wednesday, Allan and Warden wrote, "We're not sure why Apple is gathering this data, but it's clearly intentional, as the database is being restored across backups, and even device migrations."

"The existence of this information -- stored in an unencrypted format -- raises serious privacy concerns," Franken wrote in his letter to Jobs. "Anyone who gains access to this single file could likely determine the location of the user's home, the businesses he frequents, the doctors he visits, the schools his children attend, and the trips he has taken -- over the past months, or even a year."

Not only could the information be accessed by criminals, it appears that the location information for the millions of children and adolescents who use the iPhone could be at risk, Franken wrote.

Find it here (http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/apple-pushed-congress-answers-iphone-tracking/story?id=13426917)