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04. 20. 2011

Is Apple really stalking us with our own phones?

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Today The Guardian in the UK revealed that security researchers have found a "hidden file" in all iPhone devices that stores the locations of everywhere users have been.

The file contains specific details about all of the locations users have visited along with a timestamp, so anyone with the right kind of access to your device would be able to find out where you've been at all times. The researchers believe that this location storing file may have been added with Apple's iOS 4 update last June, but they're not yet certain, which means there could be nearly a year's worth of data stored on your smart phone right now!

Obviously this news has been met with very mixed reactions. Some are concerned as to why Google is collecting all of this data and fear for their privacy, whereas others seem less interested and assume there's a purpose to the new addition or the discovery has been sensationalized by the media.

The researchers who discovered the hidden file plan on presenting their findings at the Where 2.0 conference in San Francisco this following week and you can read their original post and watch a video about the discovery on O'Reilly Radar.

Via The Guardian. Image via MJ/TR's Flickr.

Posted by Becca    Category: cell phones
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