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#1 of 10 OFFLINE   DaveF

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Posted April 20 2011 - 12:37 PM

You've probably read about this is the tech news today or yesterday. It's worth five minutes to download and run this app which illustrates the data stored for your iPhone.

http://petewarden.gi.../iPhoneTracker/


I'm ambivalent. The data is interesting. The idea of having a record of my travels is pretty cool...if I knew about it and had control over it, and its security. That it's secretly collected and secretly stored as unprotected plain text is unsettling..



#2 of 10 OFFLINE   Sam Posten

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Posted April 21 2011 - 01:09 AM

See this follow up:

http://alexlevinson....king-discovery/


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Posted April 21 2011 - 01:39 AM

Good followup. I need to read that more carefully later on.


That's why I tried to avoid histrionics in initial post: still trying to understand what this is, how it's used, and how it compares to everything thing else collected, stored, transmitted by my phone (OMG!!!111 My phone has all my friends' contact info on it!!!111)


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#4 of 10 OFFLINE   Sam Posten

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Posted April 27 2011 - 01:29 AM

Update from Apple with very sane responses.


http://www.apple.com...ocation_qa.html


In it you will catch them doing something they almost NEVER do!  They talk about an unannouced product!




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Posted April 27 2011 - 02:16 AM

Read it. Surprisingly informative press release. The explanation that the location data is actually a cache of wifi hotspots and cell towers for rapid location services was new to me. I'm looking forward to the subsequent analysis and discussion of this from my favorite tech pundits.



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Posted April 27 2011 - 02:44 AM



Originally Posted by DaveF 

 I'm looking forward to the subsequent analysis and discussion of this from my favorite tech pundits.


I'm assuming your "favorite tech pundits" are Sam Posten and Ron Epstein?!?  Posted Image



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Posted April 27 2011 - 02:50 AM

Among others ;)



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Posted April 27 2011 - 07:37 AM

Here's two to get you started.   I'm not smart enough of geo to dispute either of them.

http://thisismynext....rce=twitterfeed


http://techcrunch.co...-dont-have-to/A


nd another:

http://www.macworld....rc=twt_macworld


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Posted June 02 2011 - 12:48 AM

This is very interesting because i read somewhere that the data is accessed through google servers.



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Posted June 02 2011 - 03:55 AM

The iPhone data? It was only on the iPhone and the computer it synced to. It was not sent back in raw firm to apple, according to apple and other reports. Google had nothing to do with the iPhones location data and the data would never have been sent to google. Now android phones also have a similar behavior, but with a one week max capture. That data would be reported in some manner to google. Perhaps that's what you read.