Archive for April, 2011
By now practically everyone knows about the simple truth that some vendors (Apple, Google) have built in logging that records our every move in their smartphones. With Apple this appears to have started with the release of iOS 4. This file is in CLEAR TEXT on your iPhone/iPad and looks like it’s getting “shipped” off to who knows where. The same is true w/Andriod devices.
There IS a difference between the two tracking setups – Apple’s is recording (it appears) forever… Andriod only has some recient data. They are recording and logging information that would normally require a court order by a judge by law officials. So why are they doing this? Various bloggers/respected writers have their opinions on this. One noted individual (John C. Dvorak) has his own ideas on the subject: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2383984,00.asp .. and I agree – It cannot be anything good….
I did see several posts on the net (besides Jon Dvorak’s) where a couple of Capitol Hill lawmakers (Senator Al Franken, D-Minnesota and Rep Edward Markey, D-Massachusetts) are asking a LOT of questions about this. It may well lead to a congressional investigation (I hope 😉 So far they have been “stone-walled” by Apple and Google.
UPDATE: Just picked this up off the net … posted by the WSJ: Even if you turn off location services – it is still tracking you! http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704123204576283580249161342.html
UPDATE: April 28,2011: Apple has (finally) responded to all the questions about “tracking”. You can see what they have to say and make up your own mind about it: http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2011/04/27location_qa.html