The news yesterday about the iPhone and the 3G iPad logging the user(s) minute-by-minute location data had created quite a stir. Two computer programmers had discovered that Apple’s devices are tracking your every move. They have even created an app iPhone Tracker that can display a map showing the exact locations drawn from the data stored on the device.
This, of course, has created quite a panic in some paranoid people thinking the Big Brother is watching your every move. Apple is spying. The government is spying on everyone too!
To be fair, the location data is stored on the user’s iPhone or 3G iPad until the device is synced to a computer. The data then gets copied onto the hard drive. Until these two programmers came up with the app, the data is mighty difficult for laymen to access unless you are a Unix geek.
Law enforcement officials are already getting access to this type of info from mobile phone companies for investigation purposes. Collecting this type of data is not illegal but the question that should be asked is how Apple and other tech companies intend to use it, if at all.
For the time being, in order to protect the iPhone location data on your computer, you can encrypt the iPhone backups next time you sync up.