iPhone remembers your movements secretly?

New research claims that groundbreaking Apple products like iPhones and 3G iPads secretly recording and storing details of all their owners’ movements, call it as ‘Location data’. This data includes user information like occupation, language, zip code, area code, unique device identifier, location, and the time zone

‘Location data’ is stored in a hidden, unencrypted file format and a specialised software can use this file to map exactly where a person has been after owning iPhone.

Apple has yet to comment on the revelation officially, however there is no suggestion that it has been uploading or using the information. But what is more eyebrow raising is that these devices do not give any visual indication to the users that such data is being recorded and stored permanently without their knowledge.

Although the practice is not explicitly flagged-up, it appears to be covered in the company’s terms of use. So, even the research claims are found to be true, Apple can not be dragged in to court.

Intent of Location data collection..
At present, the real intent is not clear but it is clearly intentional to store on Apple’s part. The location data is transferred to the owner’s computer and stored in a file there each time the two devices are connected to carry-out a backup or synchronisation.

Looking at the Apple’s history it is unlikely that the data can be used for commercial purpose. the possible Location data will be used by Apple to understand customer behaviour and improve their products, services, and advertising business.

Possible threats..
Ok, we all trust Apple. But what if someone (evil-natured) were to steal an iPhone and “jailbreak” it, giving them direct access to the files it contains? They can gather your Location data easily. Alternatively, anyone with direct access to a user’s computer could run the application and see a visualisation of their movements.

Do not want to be tracked..
Apple says it will collect almost no location information from your phone if you don’t have location services turned on.
So, to adjust your preference follow following procedure:
1. Open up your device’s Settings app
2. Toggle ‘Location Services’ to ‘Off’.

Hope this makes you safe, but you never know 🙂 🙂

Keep smiling!!!

  • ehehe.. so, you turned off your location services? BTW, Nice write up bro 🙂

    • Shakti

      yes, immediately…:)

  • Having learnt that, I guess I can delete my 4sq account after buying an iPhone 😉
    Kidding there. But this really must be a scary news for the iOS fanboys. 😐

  • Shakti

    it is scary to be honest..i talked to 5 iPhone owners..n none of them actually liked it..:D

  • very informative article bro, didn’t know Apple was carrying out such discrete operations upon its users. maybe there’s a plot to take over the whole world through firesale..u kno lyk DIE HARD 4.0…lol! anyway thanx for the awareness…all iphone users oughta kno dis! 🙂

    • Shakti

      Thanx Gautam..thats why it is said- never trust Americans..:)

  • Thanks for the information friend. Man, never thought of apple collecting data from its users. All users should be made aware about this. Great work.

    • Shakti

      Thanks Rajesh..I am glad..:D

  • apple said its glitch in the iOS and will be fixed in next version 4.3.3

    • Shakti

      dear Gevey, the issue is why they recorded this Location data in the 1st place..and that seems to me intentional than a bug..wt u think..:)

  • That is kinda creepy the next thing you know there will be court orders given to apple to expose this info so they can catch a hardened criminal, but it only opens the door to more privacy invasion.

  • Wow, this looks great and creepy, it cuts both ways. But after all, it’s not really ok.. but it’s funny. I didn’t knew about Apple’s collecting thing, thanks a lot for noticing us!

  • I know my iphone will discharge half way through my trip. I need options on how to charge on iphone? Should I purchase a portable iphone charger? Can the white wired cord be brought passed security/ as carry-on? Where can I charge my phone?