iPhones Are Spyphones

Security researchers presenting at the Where 2.0 conference have revealed a hidden, secret iOS file that keeps a record of everywhere you’ve been. The record is synched to your PC and subsequently resynched to your other mobile devices. The file is not transmitted to Apple, but constitutes a substantial privacy breach if your PC or mobile device are lost or seized. The researchers, Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden, have released a free/open application called “iPhone Tracker” that allows you to retrieve the location data on your iOS device and examine it. They did not discover a comparable file on Android devices.
(Source: Boing Boing)

I was sceptical. So I went to the researchers’ website and downloaded their app. I ran it and got the pic at the top.

How mad is that? All my movements for the past year. You can see when I gigged in Sweden, including the little jaunt we did from Stockholm to Gothenburg.

Why is Apple gathering this data? How could it be misused by government/criminals?

It’s really quite bizarre.