Last week we found out that the iPhone seemingly tracks users’ whereabouts without seeking permission, keeping a record of longitude and latitude, complete with timestamps. It’s like 1984. Except 27 years later. Or something.
A MacRumors reader now claims to have received a response from Steve Jobs about the tracking, having contacted him via email.
The MacRumours reader asked: “Could you please explain the necessity of the passive location-tracking tool embedded in my iPhone? It's kind of unnerving knowing that my exact location is being recorded at all times. Maybe you could shed some light on this for me before I switch to a Droid. They don't track me.”
Jobs replied: “Oh yes they do. We don't track anyone. The info circulating around is false. Sent from my iPhone”
Technically Jobs is right enough, as Apple doesn’t track anyone; the data is merely collected and stored on the iPhone. It’s suspected that the mention of false info refers to concerns that the data is secretly sent back to Apple.
It’s expected that the location tracking facility will be disabled in a future iOS update. Only users on iOS 4 or above are believed to be affected.