Hidden tracking system on the iOS 4 operating system.

It has been a discussion about a hidden tracking system on IPhone 4. It’s small software that runs in the background of the operating system, and records every location that you have been to. All information that is collected is not encrypted, there for is it easy to access this information from the Mobil phone, and follow the person’s movements. This discovery can have a big legal issue for apple, it’s actually illegal under California state law: it says

  • (a) No person or entity in this state shall use an electronic tracking device to determine the location or movement of a person.

I think apple haft to fix this security flaw in IPhone, to prevent a lawsuit.

Apple says that there are not collecting this data.

And to suggest otherwise is completely misrepresenting Apple. I quote:

  • Apple is gathering this data, but it’s clearly intentional, as the database is being restored across backups, and even device migrations.

And here is Apple’s description of this softare library:

  • The Core Location framework lets you determine the current location or heading associated with a device. The framework uses the available hardware to determine the user’s position and heading. You use the classes and protocols in this framework to configure and schedule the delivery of location and heading events. You can also use it to define geographic regions and monitor when the user crosses the boundaries of those regions.

So now the question becomes why did this “hidden” file secretly appear in iOS 4?


Alexander Ólafsson




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