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.
- Report: iPhones secretly track users’ locations (cnn.com)
- “iPhones and 3G iPads record location data without permission – research” and related posts (siliconrepublic.com)
- Got an iPhone or 3G iPad? Apple is recording your moves (radar.oreilly.com)
Source: E.B. Boyd, Fast Company, November 9, 2010
One year ago, San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order directing the city’s departments to make their data public. Yesterday, the city’s board of supervisors turned that order into law. As far as we could establish, this is the first time any city in the U.S. has implemented an open data law. But given that other jurisdictions often follow San Francisco’s lead in this space, it’s likely not the last. The law is brief. It simply says city’s departments and agencies “shall make reasonable efforts” to publish any data under their control — provided that doing so does not violate other laws, particularly those related to privacy. The Board of Supervisors passed the ordinance unanimously. …
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