IPhone Data Collection
April 28, 2011 by USA Post
In a publication on the website of the company, Apple said the data were used to improve services based on the location of the device and that some of the data is stored incorrectly as a result of a bug that is fixed soon.
“Apple is not monitoring the location of your iPhone,” the company said. “Apple has never done and has no plans to ever do so.”
Researchers revealed last week that individual location data are stored on the phones of users for up to a year and a backup in encrypted form on their iTunes accounts. This would allow anyone with the right software and access to the phone or iTunes user account to collect information on their movements.
Subsequent investigation indicated that similar data are stored on the phones running the Android operating system from rival Google.
Apple said the software in question uses the cell towers and Wi-Fi to calculate the location of a device more quickly and accurately than the use of global positioning satellites.
The company said a software update within a couple of weeks would reduce the size of the database and delete iPhones when the choice of location services off. In addition, the next version of its mobile operating system IOS encrypt the database on the device.
“Apple will remain a leader in strengthening the security of personal information and privacy,” the company said.
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