The fastest, most powerful iPhone yet… and it follows you

Posted on April 21, 2011 by

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Do you ever get the feeling that someone is watching you? Well it seems like someone is, and what’s worse, they have been since June 2010.

Apple has been hitting the headlines recently in a big way. Unfortunate then that on the same day the tech-giant announces its iPhone has nearly doubled their profits, news emerges that location data is secretly stored on the phones and can be used to track where it’s owner has been.

One iPhone user, Mitchell Goodman, a Film Production Technology student at Staffordshire University said: “Apple have been stalking me since July and have generated 11.6 MB of tracking information. Not impressed Apple!”

Apple are yet to comment although there is no evidence to suggest that they have been using the data to sell to third parties.

Legally they are covered by the small print of the iPhone terms of use which state: “We may collect information such as occupation, language, zip code, area code, unique device identifier, location, and the time zone where an Apple product is used so that we can better understand customer behaviour and improve our products, services, and advertising.”

You may be thinking that this won’t really affect you, however Pete Warden and Alasdair Allan, the security researchers who made the discovery, found that iPhones and iPads automatically transfer location data to the owner’s computer when they synchronise their phone. This means that any computer you’ve connected your phone to also has a copy of this data.

Want to know where your wife keeps going on a Friday evening? Well with the right software there’s nothing to stop you. Apart from a sense of decency of course…

This has sparked off that age-old debate of privacy and whether or not the UK should have its own privacy law. Coincidental again that this happens at the same time as David Cameron expresses his ‘unease’ about the over-use of injunctions in the UK.

iPhones and iPads have had the ability to record location data since June last year, ever since the iOS4 software update was released. If you’re worried about your phone stalking you then fear not, I’m sure it won’t be long until some clever spark finds a way to disable the feature.

Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, recently said on Apple’s growing profits: “We will continue to innovate on all fronts throughout the remainder of the year.”

Looks like there might be some back peddling before the innovation continues…

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