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Government Officials want answers on "secret" iPhone tracking

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posted on Apr, 21 2011 @ 05:30 PM
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Government Officials want answers on "secret" iPhone tracking


technolog.msnbc.msn .com

While iPhone and iPad owners waffled between Skynet jokes and genuine concern over yesterday's confirmation that the devices may be mapping their every move, Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., got down to business, firing off nine pointed questions in a two-page open letter to Apple CEO Steve Jobs.
Researchers Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden developed an open source application, iPhone Tracker, to illustrate their findings. Msnbc.com reporter Rosa Golijan tested the app yesterday and found "an eerily accurate replay of my travels around my home." Further, "the location markers get unnervingly close
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posted on Apr, 21 2011 @ 05:30 PM
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Why would Apply need a compiled list of where people using their devices are around the world? It is a violation of the privacy act. Not only that it is quite disturbing knowing that these people know where you are at any given time of day. They claim that Apply isn't doing anything with this information, why would they need to know it in the first place? Could it just be as simple as theft prevention, or is it something more that hasn't been disclosed to the public quite yet? More info provided in source link.

technolog.msnbc.msn .com
(visit the link for the full news article)



posted on Apr, 21 2011 @ 05:38 PM
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I wonder if other Apple products have secret spyware built in ?



posted on Apr, 21 2011 @ 05:43 PM
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Like the Government didn't know...

Wow, they think we are stupid.



posted on Apr, 21 2011 @ 05:47 PM
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Think about it, tracking secret agents. just covering their asses



posted on Apr, 21 2011 @ 05:51 PM
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reply to post by whyamIhere
 


You are right, it is all a big game. The government pressures, bribes with contracts, technology firms to implement this anti-privacy applications, records retention policies, etc. When one of them gets uncovered by someone in the private sector or a whistle blower, the government holds hearings, articulating outrage.



posted on Apr, 21 2011 @ 05:54 PM
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Relax everyone....two words: Data Mining.
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posted on Apr, 21 2011 @ 05:57 PM
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Talk about a breach of privacy. Id like to know why the founders of the Iphone deemed it necessary to keep " tabs "on its users. Is there a secret conspiracy in league with the Government?

Would appear that its an enigma, rolled into a paradox.




I read with concern a recent report by security researchers that Apple's iOS 4 operating system is secretly compiling its customers' location data


What would this information be used for? Besides infringing on the 4th amendment.



posted on Apr, 21 2011 @ 06:13 PM
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Although this particular discovery is new, there should not be any surprise here.

In NA GPS trackers were mandated to be in every phone because of 6 instances of people calling for help after being kidnapped. Millions of calls per day, 100's of billions per year, and something that happened a handfull of times was enough of an excuse to have trackers in every phone.

Although I feel for those people and thier relatives, the fact is that statistically speaking these cases don't even qualify as insignificant.

This revelation goes a long way towards explaining another story doesn't it...

Michigan: Police Search Cell Phones During Traffic Stops



ETA...

Just wait until more enhanced tracking/geo-tagging comes into effect...the GPS records from phones will be used as probable cause for an arrest based on a location that the phone records you having been to.
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