Tag Archive | iPhone

Digital Mappers Plot the Future of Maptivism

by Nancy Scola, Tech President, June 3, 2011 – 4:35pm

Every time something happens in the world these days, somebody makes a map about it.We saw it with last January’s devastating earthquake in Haiti, the rollout of the U.S.’s long-awaited National Broadband Map in February, the personalized maps that accompanied April’s iPhone tracking story. We see it every election. And with the increasing availability of free and open-source or simply cheap mapping tools, and the growing footprint of the open data movement, democratized mapping is likely only getting started. …

via Digital Mappers Plot the Future of Maptivism | techPresident.

Google’s Eric Schmidt on Tracking Mobile Phone Locations

From Politico Playbook, May 15, 2011

FIRST LOOK – Google’s Eric Schmidt, on CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS” today: “Today, your phone knows who you are, where you are, where you’re going, to some degree, because it can see your path. And with that and with your permission, it’s possible for software and software developers to predict where you’re going to go, to suggest people you should meet, to suggest activities and so forth. So ultimately what happens is, the mobile phone does what it does best, which is remember everything and make suggestions. And then you can be just a better human and have a good time.  …”

Full text via Politico Playbook and CNN Global Public Square.

Hearing on Protecting Mobile Privacy: Your Smarthphones, Tablets, Cellphones and Your Privacy

The Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law, has scheduled a hearing entitled “Protecting Mobile Privacy: Your Smartphones, Tablets, Cell Phones and Your Privacy” :

Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 226
10:00 a.m.

Panel I

Jessica Rich
Deputy Director
Bureau of Consumer Protection
Federal Trade Commission
Washington, DC

Jason Weinstein
Deputy Assistant Attorney General
Criminal Division
U.S. Department of Justice
Washington, DC

Panel II

Justin Brookman
Director, Project on Consumer Privacy
Center for Democracy and Technology
Washington, DC

Alan Davidson
Director of Public Policy, Americas
Google Inc.
Washington, DC

Ashkan Soltani
Independent Researcher and Consultant
Washington, DC

Guy L. “Bud” Tribble
Vice President of Software Technology
Apple Inc.
Cupertino, CA

Jonathan Zuck
President
Association for Competitive Technology
Washington, DC

Apple Filed Patent for Mobile Device Tracking

Apple Lied: Filed Patent for Mobile Device Tracking, Infosec Island, Friday, April 29, 2011

Apple’s claim that the geolocation tracking of its customers via a stealth file maintained in devices running the iOS operating system are, well, “patently” false. … Apple filed for a patent in September of 2009 titled “Location Histories for Location Aware Devices” with the intent to develop services based around the company’s ability to locate and track mobile devices running the iOS operating system. The abstract of the patent reads as follows:

“A location aware mobile device can include a baseband processor for communicating with one or more communication networks, such as a cellular network or WiFi network. In some implementations, the baseband processor can collect network information (e.g., transmitter IDs) over time. Upon request by a user or application, the network information can be translated to estimated position coordinates (e.g., latitude, longitude, altitude) of the location aware device for display on a map view or for other purposes. A user or application can query the location history database with a timestamp or other query to retrieve all or part of the location history for display in a map view.” …

For full text of the article, via Apple Lied: Filed Patent for Mobile Device Tracking.

How the iPhone knows where you are

Apple uses GPS, Wi-Fi, and cell towers to get (and map) location data

by Glenn Fleishman, Macworld.com Apr 28, 2011 10:00 am

iPhone users’ experience with GPS is so quick, so instant-on, that Apple’s Wednesday response about location tracking on iOS might almost seem baffling: “Calculating a phone’s location using just GPS satellite data can take up to several minutes. iPhone can reduce this time to just a few seconds by using Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower data to quickly find GPS satellites.” Several minutes? Doesn’t my iPhone take just seconds to figure out where I am?

For full article via How the iPhone knows where you are | Phones | Macworld.

LocationGate was a “bug,” says Apple

Posted by Philip Elmer-DeWitt, Fortune, April 27, 2011 10:16 AM, Source: iPhone Tracker

Cupertino responds to the hysteria with a 10-part Q&A and the promise of a software update. “Apple is not tracking the location of your iPhone. Apple has never done so and has no plans to ever do so.” So begins Apple’s (AAPL) response to the controversy that has been mounting since last Wednesday when two British researchers released an open source application that let Apple’s customers see — in the form of multicolor maps — the location data stored on their iPhones and 3G iPads. …

For full text of the article, click here.

iPhone or iSpy? Forum on NPR Radio Today

Show to be aired on KQED Radio, NPR on Wed, Apr 27, 2011 at 9:00 AM Pacific Coast Time

As new details emerge about the tracking features embedded in smartphones, consumers are starting to wonder: what information about my whereabouts is being collected? How is it used? Who has access to it? And why didn’t I know about it?

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

Jackie Speier, U.S. congresswoman (D) representing California’s 12th District

Jim Dempsey, vice president for public policy at the Center for Democracy and Technology, a civil liberties group which works to enhance free expression and privacy in communications technologies

Kara Swisher, co-executive editor of All Things Digital, a website devoted to news, analysis and opinion on technology, the Internet and media

Peter Batty, vice president of geospatial technology for Ubisense

via iPhone or iSpy?: Forum | KQED Public Media for Northern CA.

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