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04/22/2011 10:07 AM ID: 88905 Permalink   

iPhone Tracking Software Used to Log Users´ Whereabouts

 

A hidden iPhone tracking software was detected by researchers after the latest software update in June 2010. The software came along with the update and logs users´ whereabouts via GPS.

The locations are then saved on a map which shows where the users went on each day, dating back to June 2010. The data is stored on the iPhone and iPad 3G and on every computer the device is synced with.

It is not clear yet, whether the data was also sent to Apple. So far, the company has not commented on the issue.

 
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  Unbelievable  
 
How low will this company stoop? Too bad there most likely won´t be a criminal investigation, the government probably footed the r&d on this hidden tracking software.
 
  by: smarta$$     04/22/2011 10:26 AM     
  Police in Michigan were stealing phone data  
 
as well so it can be assumed that they have GPS data on tons of people now.

Add to this the fact that the Telco´s as well as social networks were blindly obeying requests from the state to get records on their users. I would not be surprised if Apple is doing the same thing at the drop of a hat to any states request.

Apple has a shitty and god-awful human rights record so it would not surprise me in the least to see them handing this data to the states that request it even without a warrant.
 
  by: slavefortheman     04/22/2011 01:47 PM     
  Does  
 
it mean I have a device like this one then cant do anything in secret?

[ edited by vizhatlan ]
 
  by: vizhatlan     04/22/2011 02:21 PM     
  @Viz  
 
Yes, however a subpoena is required prior to looking up telephone records of any kind. To obtain a subpoena can take "too long", many have argued.

I guess this is the answer for those attempting to catch law-breakers. Break the law to find them.
 
  by: Garbasche   04/22/2011 02:33 PM     
  Now who looks foolish....  
 
I knew there was a reason I don´t have any sort of phone or mobile device.

Off the (mobile) grid and lovin´ it.
 
  by: opinionated   04/22/2011 03:25 PM     
  @Garbasche  
 
You´re not quite correct on that point. Tower-pinging to determine location of cell phone users has been a forensics tool used by police since near the invention of the cellphone. No subpoena is required for obtaining the location information of a users´ cellphone as typically, the information is logged by the cellular provider and not a user´s phone. This whole issue is nothing new. The only thing that makes it interesting is that the iphone and ipad now retain the data themselves.

http://www.businessweek.com/...
 
  by: zirschky     04/22/2011 08:15 PM     
  @Garbasche  
 
Yes but viz is in Hungary. Do they have the same privacy laws?
 
  by: VermiciousG     04/22/2011 09:24 PM     
  Android does the same too  
 
But it is harder to extract compared to iphone.

Really though how wasn´t this not hard to spot? I mean if you are going to be brain dead & buy a iphone without knowing what you are getting/what is out there comparatively then reap what you sow. All apple products win because of the ineptitude of the people who buy them. & yes you have to have some level of ineptness to pay more for something that takes advantage over how you don´t know jack so it will do it for you type.

Apple wins through their consumer & employees ineptness. Who needs morals when you are Apple?

[ edited by vhan ]
 
  by: vhan     04/23/2011 12:30 AM     
  stopped at  
 
3.1.3 and will NEVER update.
 
  by: chadatcondonethis   04/23/2011 04:51 PM     
  @Garb and Werm  
 
That situation a bit strange about the tracking software and i dont know whether similar ever occured here but dont believe there´d be one.

[ edited by vizhatlan ]
 
  by: vizhatlan     04/24/2011 02:34 PM     
 
 
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