Hide your kids, hides your wives and toss out your iPhone/iPad now!! According to CNN Apple devices appear to be tracking their owners’ locations and storing data about people’s whereabouts without their knowledge, according to a report posted Wednesday on a site called iPhone Tracker.
The unauthorized surveillance started in June 2010, when the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system was released, according to two researchers who say they discovered a hidden tracking file and posted it out of concern for users. The researchers have posted a program online that will let any iPhone user see a map of his or her location over time, going back to June, when iOS 4.0 was released.
The program’s developers, listed as Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden, say this data is stored on a person’s iPhone or 3G-enabled iPad and on computers that are synced with those devices. There’s no evidence, they say, that the data is also transmitted to Apple as it’s collected. “By passively logging your location without your permission, Apple have made it possible for anyone from a jealous spouse to a private investigator to get a detailed picture of your movements!”
…I don’t know about you, but I’m not too crazy about this feature, especially since I usually keep my iPad or iPhone on me AT ALL TIMES! Apple has not acknowledged the tracker pubically as of yet but they need to get it together and determine a way to disable this service before they lose DivasandDorks.com as a customer for life!