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    Hi all,

    FYI. The balance of this article is found at the link I am proving. In additon, there is also a video at the same web page.

    take care,


    3G Apple iOS Devices Are Storing Users’ Location Data
    By NICK BILTON, April 20, 2011, 3:04 pm

    3G Apple iOS Devices Secretly Storing Users Location -

    Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden The location of a users iPhone were tracked between New York and Washington D.C.
    A hidden file on the Apple iPhone 4 and iPad 3G has been found to store location information.

    This privacy glitch was discovered by two programmers, Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden, who presented their findings at the location-centric O’Reilly Where 2.0 conference in San Francisco.

    The file, which is called “consolidated.db,” keeps track of GPS data on 3G-enabled Apple devices and regularly updates itself with a user’s location. The image above shows data collected from a single trip between New York City and Washington D.C. Information that is stored on the phone is also sent to the iTunes application when a user syncs or backs-up their iPhone or 3G iPad.

    In a blog post on the O’Reilly Radar Web site, Mr. Allan said, “The presence of this data on your iPhone, your iPad, and your backups has security and privacy implications.” The two programmers have contacted Apple’s product security team but said they had not yet had a response.

    Apple has also not responded to a request for comment from The New York Times.
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    I suppose it makes good headlines..


    Apple and its partners and licensees may provide certain services through your iPhone that rely upon location information. To provide and improve these services, where available, Apple and its partners and licensees may transmit, collect, maintain, process and use your location data, including the real-time geographic location of your iPhone, and location search queries. The location data and queries collected by Apple are collected in a form that does not personally identify you and may be used by Apple and its partners and licensees to provide and improve location-based products and services. By using any location-based services on your iPhone, you agree and consent to Apple’s and its partners’ and licensees’ transmission, collection, maintenance, processing and use of your location data and queries to provide and improve such products and services. You may withdraw this consent at any time by going to the Location Services setting on your iPhone and either turning off the global Location Services setting or turning off the individual location settings of each location-aware application on your iPhone. Not using these location features will not impact the non location-based functionality of your iPhone. When using third party applications or services on the iPhone that use or provide location data, you are subject to and should review such third party’s terms and privacy policy on use of location data by such third party applications or services.
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