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
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
I wonder why The Metro didn’t report on this 7 months ago when
RFT Express first broke the news. RFT
Article reproduced from the Metro 21/04/2011- We did email the
Metro for permission to reprint, and for comments: The Metro refused
Apple iPhones and iPads have been ‘secretly’ recording
their users’ movements for almost a year, British researchers
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.
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.
Alan [Exeter University] at the Where 2.0 conference. Alasdair
Alan and Peter Warden at the conference.
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.