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    iPhone keeps record of everywhere you go

    Privacy fears raised as researchers reveal file on iPhone that stores location coordinates and timestamps of owner's movements

    * Charles Arthur
    * guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 20 April 2011 14.06 BST

    Security researchers have discovered that Apple's iPhone keeps track of where you go and saves every detail of it to a secret file on the device which is then copied to the owner's computer when the two are synchronised.

    The file contains the latitude and longitude of the phone's recorded coordinates along with a timestamp, meaning that anyone who stole the phone or the computer could discover details about the owner's movements using a simple program.

    For some phones, there could be almost a year's worth of data stored, as the recording of data seems to have started with Apple's iOS 4 update to the phone's operating system, released in June 2010.

    "Apple has made it possible for almost anybody a jealous spouse, a private detective with access to your phone or computer to get detailed information about where you've been," said Pete Warden, one of the researchers.

    Only the iPhone records the user's location in this way, say Warden and Alasdair Allan, the data scientists who discovered the file and are presenting their findings at the Where 2.0 conference in San Francisco on Wednesday. "Alasdair has looked for similar tracking code in [Google's] Android phones and couldn't find any," said Warden. "We haven't come across any instances of other phone manufacturers doing this."
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    I've known this for a long time, and how much can be gotten out of your phone even if disabled or supposedly destroyed. I will never have one of these.
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    and people wonder why I hate Apple
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    Quote Originally Posted by fettpett View Post
    and people wonder why I hate Apple
    iMe

    Unique conformity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arroyo_Doble View Post
    iMe

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    lol

    only Apple product I will ever buy is an Ipod
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    Quote Originally Posted by fettpett View Post
    and people wonder why I hate Apple
    Cell phones are the greatest intrusion into your personal privacy there is.Every where you go every hour of the day or night people have instant access to you .Now we know that they can track your every movement past and present and even tap into your conversations.Apple is evil and always has been !
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    Quote Originally Posted by megimoo View Post
    Cell phones are the greatest intrusion into your personal privacy there is.Every where you go every hour of the day or night people have instant access to you .Now we know that they can track your every movement past and present and even tap into your conversations.Apple is evil and always has been !
    yeah, but the difference is that one can chose to have a cell or not, where Apple is doing this completely with out peoples knowledge
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    I have an IPhone4. This doesn't bother me at all.

    I'm sure Steve Job has better things to do than track my daily whereabouts.
    If I'm ever abducted, it's good to know that someone can track me down
    by my phone or laptop sync.

    Unless you work for the CIA, mafia or some such and don't want your
    whereabouts to be traced, what's the worry?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kay View Post
    I have an IPhone4. This doesn't bother me at all.

    I'm sure Steve Job has better things to do than track my daily whereabouts.
    If I'm ever abducted, it's good to know that someone can track me down
    by my phone or laptop sync.

    Unless you work for the CIA, mafia or some such and don't want your
    whereabouts to be traced, what's the worry?
    I saw what you did.
    How is obama working out for you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kay View Post
    I have an IPhone4. This doesn't bother me at all.

    I'm sure Steve Job has better things to do than track my daily whereabouts.
    If I'm ever abducted, it's good to know that someone can track me down
    by my phone or laptop sync.

    Unless you work for the CIA, mafia or some such and don't want your
    whereabouts to be traced, what's the worry?
    and this is the kind of attitude that allows companies like Apple and Google to get away with this kind of crap, it's not about whether they can do something, but whether they SHOULD be doing it without peoples consent. It's one thing if they came out and said, "Hey, we're going to add this feature, if you don't want it, here's how to turn it off". But they don't, they just throw it in and don't tell anyone even though they know that people go over their code with fine tooth combs looking for this kind of crap. It makes them look like the conniving sniveling little weasels they are.
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