Summary Box: Apple and the iPhone tracking file

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Posted: Apr 27, 2011 5:53 PM
Summary Box: Apple and the iPhone tracking file

THE CONCERNS: Security researchers last week publicized a file that iPhones store on PCs they're linked to, which contains an approximate record of the phone movements for as much as a year. Privacy advocates questioned why the phones were storing this personal information, and whether Apple was tracking users.

APPLE'S RESPONSE: Apple on Wednesday said that it doesn't track users, and the file is used only to improve the responsiveness of location-based applications. It will make some software changes to protect the privacy of the file.

WHAT'S UNANSWERED: Apple didn't address why the file contains so many timestamps, allowing the reconstruction of movements over time.