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Senator Sends Letter to Apple Complaining about iPhone/iPad Location Logging

04.22.11

Researchers reported that Apple iOS4 operating system secretly logs unencrypted location data for iPhones, iPads, and those computers on which the devices synch to iTunes. Apparently the data resides on these devices only, so the largest problem will occur if the devices are lost, stolen, or hacked into. As a result of this revelation Senator Al Franken sent Steve Jobs a letter in which he raised a number of questions including:

Why does Apple collect and compile this location data?
How is this data generated (GPS, cell tower triangulation, WiFi triangulation, etc.)
Why is this data not encrypted?
Does Apple believe that this conduct is permissible under the terms of its privacy policy?

We all know that cell phone contain GPS devices so our location hardly a secret, and Google even uses GPS movement to help display Traffic on Google Maps.  However Apple’s collection of this data creates a new level of public awareness.

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