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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Yep, Apple Is Watching You

Posted By on Wed, Apr 20, 2011 at 3:50 PM

click to enlarge What do they know about you?
  • What do they know about you?

Is Apple stalking you? The answer is yes. Yes, it is. And that's supercreepy.

But hey, this is America: We should be used to Big Brother watching us by now.

A new report claims that anyone who owns a iPhone and iPad is being recorded by Apple. Writers Alisdair Allan and Pete Warden with the O'Reilly Radar blog are presenting these findings today at the Where 2.0 conference in Santa Clara.

Ever since the launch of OS4, your Apple device has been storing information, such as your locations and time stamps. The company has reportedly been placing this information in a "secret file" that is unencrypted and unprotected, according to O'Reilly Radar, which analyzes emerging technologies.

"We're not sure why Apple is gathering this data, but it's clearly intentional, as the database is being restored across backups and even device migrations," according to the blog.

So what does this really mean? Presence of this data on your iPhone and iPad has serious security and privacy information. "The cell phone companies have always had this data, but it takes a court order to access it," Allan and Warden write. "Now this information is sitting in plain view, unprotected from the world."

Watch the full discussion on how closely Apple is tracking you.

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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