What your iPhone Knows About You

WSJ: What Your iPhone Knows About You

Two researchers have uncovered a secret file on iPhones that keeps a record of where the phone has been and when it was there — a file that is unencrypted and stored by default. The security experts, Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden, created a program that lets you see just what your phone knows of your whereabouts — and it’s a creepy sight.

For full text of the article, visit Wall Street Journal blog Digits by Jennifer Valentino-DeVries, posted April 20, 2011.

NYT: 3G Apple iOS Devices Secretly Storing Users’ Location Data

A hidden file on the Apple iPhone 4 and iPad 3G has been found to store location information. This privacy glitch was discovered by two programmers, Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden, who presented their findings at the location-centric O’Reilly Where 2.0 conference in San Francisco. The file, which is called “consolidated.db,” keeps track of GPS data on 3G-enabled Apple devices and regularly updates itself with a user’s location. … Information that is stored on the phone is also sent to the iTunes application when a user syncs or backs up an iPhone or 3G iPad.

For full text of the article, visit the New York Times Technology blog Bits by Nick Bilton, posted April 20, 2011.

See also: Sen. Al Franken asks Apple why its phones are storing records of location data

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