I just recently read an article at Mashable.com saying that the iPhone is tracking and storing your location. This is of course exiting/scary news so I couldn’t resist to try it out my self. The picture shows the data stored on my iPhone since I bought it. It reminded me that I spent Christmas at my sisters place and that I need to go on holiday soon (haven’t left Denmark for a long time).
According to Pete Warden and Alasdair Allan, the researchers who discovered this, it is still unclear what Apple’s intentions are but you could say that it is somewhat unethical or at least questionable that we are letting someone track your whereabouts like this.
So the questions are:
– Is it OK that private companies track you whereabouts like this?
– What about Google, Facebook etc.?
– What if it was your Government who did this?
This matter calls for two things: a debate about privacy and a plea to Apple to sync the data with FourSquare so I can get my badges…
Read article at Mashable.com: http://mashable.com/2011/04/20/iphone-location-history/
Article in the Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/apr/20/iphone-tracking-prompts-privacy-fears
Try it out yourself: http://petewarden.github.com/iPhoneTracker/