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Mobile Phone Tracking Raises Concerns

GEO PRIVACY

April 21, 2011

Researchers have found that Apple's iPhone and iPad record their locations in hidden files, The New York Times reports. At a technology conference on Wednesday, two computer programmers presented their findings that iPhones and 3G-enabled iPads "began logging users' locations a year ago, when Apple updated its mobile operating system," the report states, and the data is usually unencrypted and can be copied to computers. A privacy advocate says such collection of location information "crosses the privacy line;" EU authorities are assessing the potential impact, and two U.S. legislators have written to Apple seeking answers; however, one technologist suggests, "This is the future. We have to figure out how to deal with it." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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