Your Iphone and Ipad are recording and storing your location.
Apparently, your iPhone or 3G-equipped iPad has been secretly recording your location for the past 10 months, according to the Wired.com technology reporter Brian X Chen.
Software hackers Peter Warden and Alasdair Allen discovered an unencrypted file inside Apple’s iOS 4 software, storing a long list of locations accompanied with time indications. The file is labeled “consolidated.db.” The data gathering is clearly intentional, as the database is being restored across backups, and even device migrations, say hackers.
Warden is providing a program called “iPhone Tracker” for iPhone and 3G iPad customers so they can upload their location file into an interactive map, as on the left, to see every step that was recorded for the past 10 months. All you have to do is plug in your device through USB and run Warden’s application. The software requires OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard).
According to Electronic Privacy Information Center, it is possible that Apple is violating the Wireless Communications and Public Safety Act, which allows telecom carriers to provide call information only in emergency situations. And here, anyone who have physical access to your iphone or ipad, or for example hackers who can remotely access the systems, can get the information about every minute of where people were..
One of the ways for Apple to get around the legal obligation is probably when they ask for permission to collect location data, by asking people to give up privacy rights if they ever knew about them in the first place. This is another overlooked risk to individual privacy and we shall hear more about it in the future.