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Apple Devices ’Secretly record’ User Locations

Hayden Smith writes on page 5 in the Metro on Thursday 21 April 2011, that British researchers, claim that Apple have been secretly recording users movements.
Software developers Alasdair Alan and Peter Warden presented their findings to the ‘Where 2.0’ conference in San Francisco.
The metro is a free paper available at bus and railway stations, and is one of the best reads available, far better than most newspapers you have to pay for.
The article immediately grabbed my attention; the wording was very familiar to me. I did some research, about 3 minutes in all, and sure enough my mentor Vic Farron had published virtually the same article, with a lot more information concerning privacy infringements on the 4th September 2010, some 7 months earlier.
The article written by Vic Farron was in the form of a blog the full article covered two pages . The first page was entitled, ‘Stand and Deliver: Your privacy or your Life’
The second page Stand & Deliver: Your Privacy & Your life: Now for the Really Scary Stuff

The blog was syndicated by most of the blog directories , blog aggregators, news aggregators, tweeted, featured on Facebook, and on BT Tradespace. On the 11th of September a blog ‘You are about to lose all your Privacy’ was posted on google’s Blog Spot, pointing to this article, Google subsequently indexed the post, and listed it under Vic Farron.
I wonder why The Metro didn’t report on this 7 months ago when RFT Express first broke the news. RFT Express: Right First Time.

Article reproduced from the Metro 21/04/2011- We did email the Metro for permission to reprint, and for comments: The Metro refused to comment.

Apple iPhones and iPads have been ‘secretly’ recording their users’ movements for almost a year, British researchers claimed yesterday,
The smartphones and 3G-enabled iPads are tracking owners’ locations without their knowledge, it was claimed.
The information is stored in a hidden, un-encrypted file on the devise [Metro Spelling] which could be accessed by criminals, showing them where a person has been, software developers Alasdair Alan and Peter Warden said. The data is also transferred to their computer and stored when the two devices are synched [Metro spelling]. The file ‘migrates’ when the user changes to a new iPhone or iPad.
‘At first we weren’t sure how much data was out there but, we dug further and visualised the extracted data, it became clear that there was a scary amount of detail on our movements’ said Mr Warden, who presented the findings at the Where 2.0 conference in San Francisco. ‘Apple has made it possible for almost anybody – a jealous spouse, a private detective – with access to your phone or computer to get information about where you have been’ he added.
Apple refused to comment. In its terms of use, it states ‘ We may collect information such as occupation, language, area code, unique device identifier, location and the time zone where the Apple product is being used so that we can better understand customer behaviour and improve our products’
Article written by Hayden Smith. Metro 21-0-4-2011.

Where 2.0 conference.
Alasdair Alan [Exeter University] at the Where 2.0 conference. Alasdair Alan and Peter Warden at the conference.

Ron Gold RFT Express

Follow on Twitter I have challenged my mentor Vic Farron that I will beat him to have 100,000 twitter followers before he does: He has over 65,000, I have 25,000 So I need your help, please follow. Many thanks to the first 25,000.

 

 

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