Apple attempts to cool tracking issues

Apple have now released an update that should cut the amount of data that the iPhone stores to just one week and will no longer send the data gathered to the user’s computer whenever it connected, this is Apples response to the issues flagged up recently concerning the tracking of handsets.

The issue came to light following the work carried out by a couple of researchers, who found that the data was being collected from Wi-Fi connection points as well as mobile phone network towers.

According to the researchers Alasdair Allan and Peter Warden they said, “any sort of conspiracy going on”,

They did continue by saying, “However, we’re both worried about this level of detailed location data being out there in the wild. While the cell phone operators already have this data, it takes a court order to obtain it from them. You can now do the equivalent by simply leaving your iPhone in a bar. That doesn’t seem right to me.”

However, according to Apple, a spokesperson said, “The iPhone is not logging your location, rather it’s maintaining a database of Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers around your current location, some of which may be located more than 100 miles away from your iPhone to help your phone rapidly and accurately calculate its location when requested.”

Is this is end of this problem, hardly! As these issues tend to go on and on, but rarely seem to be resolved fully, maybe this time things will be different.

Source [BBC]