The more journalists write about the recent iPhone privacy concern, the more we realize how gullible the general public is. This looks more like a witch trial than objective reporting.
The most important fact about this accusation is – they are mostly false. When the press claims that Apple is tracking yoru every move, this is implying that these location coordinates are being sent back to Apple. Yet this information REMAINS ON YOUR PHONE AND COMPUTER BACKUP.
Every cell phone is in fact tracking your movement. This is in order to function on a cell phone network. It is amazing that no expert or author or press consultant is mentioning this. The two men who found files within iphone backups – on PC’s – were not really sure what this data all means. What is did represent were the approximate location where cell towers were located in proximity to the phone. This has nothing to do with Apple taking information and using it for Cloak and Dagger reasons. A cell phone needs to try to stay in touch with the Sprint, Verizon, or ATT networks for reliable service. They are tracking your movements, in as much as any cell phone tracks your movements. If you are moving from one cell tower to another, the service provide hands you off from tower to tower. Yet, they are not passing this location information to anyone else but the phone, simply for quality of service. Apple is not collecting data and having it sent back to them. It is completely incorrect.
For the detailed listings of what this is all about, please stop by Alex Levinson’a blog and read his technical description of what is going on with the iPhone product.