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Expert Calls for OPC Investigation Into iPhone Tracking

GEO PRIVACY

April 22, 2011

Researchers have found that Apple's iPhone and 3G-enabled iPad began logging users' locations in hidden files a year ago, when Apple updated its mobile operating system. The data is usually unencrypted and can be copied to computers, the researchers found. Michael Geist, a member of the privacy commissioner's expert advisory panel, is calling for the Office of the Privacy Commissioner to open an investigation, calling the revelation "incredibly disturbing," The Victoria Times Colonist reports. While EU authorities are assessing the potential impact, and two U.S. legislators have written to Apple seeking an explanation, a Canadian software developer has announced the creation of a program to remove location history from such devices.
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