Apple iPhones Are Tracking Your Every Move

In recent news,the public has been distressed by talks about Apple storing location data that is as much as one year old via the iPhone. Apparently,the device collects information about your location via cell towers and WiFi hotspots. This data is backed up into your iTunes every time you sync and used by the company to track and map out where you may be. Many bloggers and media sources have erupted in outrage at this invasion of privacy using GPS-like technology.

But we have been taking advantage of location services daily without suspicion before all the media coverage raised privacy concern. Every time we check in on a location using social networking apps,navigation apps or photo apps,we are leaking data about our private lives. The technology is already widespread and available,so the question is how do we want to continue utilizing it and still set limits?

Apple said that they are not tracking locations specific to a phone or individual and that,just to settle the public’s discomfort,they will stop backing up the data. According to their official press release,“The location data that researchers are seeing on the iPhone is not the past or present location of the iPhone,but rather the locations of Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers surrounding the iPhone’s location,which can be more than one hundred miles away from the iPhone.” This data is used to assist apps that use location services.
As an afterthought of all this commotion,Windows stated that their phones also save location data,although they are never sent to third parties.

Mobile software makers are now being scrutinized by the government as it tries to draw the fine line between privacy and the growing convenience of all these apps.

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