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iPhone Tracking Ruckus Ongoing 353

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the are-we-there-yet dept.
Trailrunner7 writes "A pair of Apple customers has filed a lawsuit against the company, alleging that Apple is invading their privacy by collecting location data about iPhone and iPad users without their knowledge." and theodp noted that the iPhone tracking 'Bug' is actually patent pending... which makes it harder to buy the mistake argument. As if that's not enough fun, South Korea, Italy, Germany and other countries are all looking into it.
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iPhone Tracking Ruckus Ongoing

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  • feature? (Score:3, Funny)

    by galaad2 (847861) on Tuesday April 26, 2011 @02:47PM (#35945140) Homepage Journal

    it's not a bug, it's a feature!

  • by Beelzebud (1361137) on Tuesday April 26, 2011 @02:54PM (#35945246)
    to becoming Big Brother, they've come a long way.
  • by cpu6502 (1960974) on Tuesday April 26, 2011 @03:00PM (#35945350)

    >>>its your phone so where is the problem.

    When the cop pulls you over, and decides to take your phone for further examination, and discovers you've been attending (the horror) Libertarian and Ron Paul "Campaign For Liberty" meetings. Followed by a radio call that he's obtained a "suspected terrorist" and is bringing the suspect back to the station for questioning.

    *Background: The U.S. and a few State governments distribute leaflets that Libertarian and Paul supporters are potential domestic terrorists and/or militia members.

  • by losthought (1393251) on Tuesday April 26, 2011 @03:01PM (#35945362)
    Take it as you will but this dude [] seems to think this data isn't actually a log of where an iPhone user has been. He claims it is actually location data of the cell towers the iPhone has seen. Obviously that kind of data could give rough location data but not with any granularity or meaningful accuracy.

    I do have an iPhone and have looked at my own data with the Tracker app. On the surface I would have to say there is some validity to this guy's claim because the location data on my phone included places I haven't been within 10 or 20 miles of ever. With that said I still installed the untrack app on my phone to dump the tables in the database where this data is stored, but that's mainly because my Tinfoil Hat Wearer's Club membership agreement required me to do so.
  • by JustAnotherIdiot (1980292) on Tuesday April 26, 2011 @03:03PM (#35945386)
    That people are surprised by this.
  • by bmo (77928) on Tuesday April 26, 2011 @03:19PM (#35945596)

    Whatever is good for companies is good for society. The Magic Invisible Hand of the Free market will eventually give everyone what they want. Why are you against free markets? Why are you against freedom? Why are you against the Best Economic System On Earth (TM)? Why *can't* Apple do what it wants with its own phone operating system and phones? You don't own iOS - you only have the temporary right to operate it. It's a license agreement, not a bill of sale. If the phone collects data on you, that's because it was designed that way. Page 25, subsection c, footnote 1 of the iOS license agreement allows this and you consented when you acquired the phone.

    This is being used to track terrorists! If you are against this, you are for the terrorists!

    Seriously people, THINK.

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  • by stewbacca (1033764) on Tuesday April 26, 2011 @05:25PM (#35947120)

    I prefer brouhaha when discussing issues of minor interest as if they are issues of national security.

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