Your iPhone is watching you

Your iPhone is watching youSecurity researchers Pete Warden and Alasdair Allen have discovered that the iPhone keeps a complete record of your movements, with timestamped coordinates. Scary stuff.

The information doesn’t appear to be sent back to Apple, but it is retained if you buy a new iPhone and migrate your data. It’s also copied to your computer if you choose to sync your iPhone with it.

Pete says: "Apple has made it possible for almost anybody – a jealous spouse, a private detective – with access to your phone or computer to get detailed information about where you've been.”

The recording of users’ whereabouts apparently started with iOS 4, meaning there could be up to 10 months of position-monitoring stored on the phone.

More and more apps are location-aware these days, but the big difference here is that iPhone users don’t have the option to opt out. Unsurprisingly, Apple has yet to comment.

Head over to for more information. You can also download an app that extracs the info from your iPhone 4 and plots it on a map. Awesome stuff.

via: The Guardian

Read more about: Apple iPhone 3GApple iPhone 3GSApple iPhone 4iOS

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JanSt / MOD  Apr. 21, 2011 at 11:57

cardamon  Apr. 22, 2011 at 00:42

I'm sooo freaked out by this, my friend tried it out and it's all there... big brother is watching you!

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 22, 2011 at 17:44

Same here. For me another iPhone is definitely off the table. This is even worse if you consider that various police forces have portable data extraction devices. In the USA the aclu is suing Michigan's PD, because in ordinary traffic stops cops asked drivers to voluntarily let them read their phones! They can download an entire iPhone 16GB in 3 seconds! Very concerned tbh


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