Your iProduct tracking your movements?
So, it’s recently come to light that the iPad, iPhone 4 and I believe the iPhone 3GS have all been keeping a record of location information for wherever the iOS device has been used. Using avialable GPS and cellular tower information tracking, the iOS device continually tracks and stores the users information in a database on the phone. The kicker here is that this information is some of the general information synced to your computer, in an apparently unencrypted form.
Now, a lot of people have cried foul over this, but the only really bad part I can see is that the database is unencrypted. A number of phone handsets apparently keep record of this information, as well as how the device is used to improve customer experience in later models. Furthermore, carrier services will also keep records of all this information, which can be released through a court order for various information.
But I guess it might be bad if an unsavoury character accessed this database to find out your locations. Although, given that I sync my iPad on my home PC, I’d be more worried about some unsavoury character who’s already broken into my house and is using my PC.
I’m not going to say leaving such information unsecured and unencrypted on a user’s PC is a good idea, I believe that may have been a bad design choice if the protection is as weak as news articles claim. However I’m saying it’s really not the end of the world. Many of the people that have been baying for blood over this issue also happen to be those who publicly “check in” using Twitter, FourSquare or Facebook whenever they so much as leave their computer.