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iPhone and Android tracking users every move. Should you be concerned?



In technology news lately privacy concerns have been in an uproar as two researchers, Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden, showed how the iPhone and 3G iPad periodically tracks users specific location with date and time stamps and saving it into an unencrypted and unprotected file, and lives on any machine synced with an iOS device. In the image above, it illustrates an app built by the duo who discovered the file to plot on a map of their movements.

Apple is not the only culprit of this, Android smartphones track your specific location. However, Google’s operating system asks your permission for this information and can be opted out of; Apple has not yet commented why this file is in iPhone 4+ software and if they are intentionally using it (but will have to answer to Congress why). CNET offers a guide and FAQ about Apple’s ordeal and how to encrypt the file.

This type of data collection can be used for good, for example Google uses this data in a crowd-sourced way to determine traffic; when you use their Google Maps app you know in real-time where traffic snags are in an effort to avoid it or adjust to longer travel times.

What are your thoughts on the growing privacy concerns for smartphones? Let’s discuss it in the comments below!

[Source O'Reily and CNET]

One Response to “iPhone and Android tracking users every move. Should you be concerned?”

  1. Marc Horton says:

    Positive Value: better services to users.
    Negative Concerns:
    1) Commercial exploitation of personal information
    2) Government spying

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