Apple has released a patch for iPhones that has removed the tracking “bug” after it was discovered by some enterprising folks that stumbled across a hidden file that was found to be keeping note of everywhere people had gone since they got the phone. Utilising certain software it was possible to map this out quite accurately.
Once the update is grabbed from the itunes store, it removes the automatic transfer of the hidden file to your PC when connected and data is locally stored only for a week. Also if people turn off localisation, it doesn’t store anything anymore.
Those who discovered the file initially said that they didn’t think it was anything untoward, “However, we’re both worried about this level of detailed location data being out there in the wild. While the cell phone operators already have this data, it takes a court order to obtain it from them. You can now do the equivalent by simply leaving your iPhone in a bar. That doesn’t seem right to me.”
In response Apple said: “The iPhone is not logging your location, rather it’s maintaining a database of wi-fi hotspots and cell towers around your current location, some of which may be located more than 100 miles away from your iPhone to help your phone rapidly and accurately calculate its location when requested.”
Whether you believe it or not…