Concerned about privacy violations of the RFID Microchip monitoring every location? There’s an app for that. Well, not really. Researchers have found that the iPhone secretly saves latitude and longitude data hidden on the device that can be accessed by anyone who knows how to get it. In this rather technically geeky discussion, the two men who discovered the location in the iPhone of these secret files, reveal what steps they took to find the data and ask what it all means. Apple has so far declined comment.
People have worried about the government’s ability to track the movements of its citizens, and it appears that Apple is providing that service to unwitting customers. However, in the Equal Money System, such a thing would be beneficial for the reasons we’ve stated. The technology is already here, so we better use it in a way that’s best for all.
The iPad 3G and iPhone Track Your Every Movement: Researchers
Thursday, April 21, 2011 – by Michael Santo
Security researchers have discovered that iOS devices have been saving the locations of users’ devices at regular intervals, and storing them in an unencrypted, though hidden file. The data includes locations and time stamps, and is apparently intentional: the database is backed up, and restored across backups, and even onto a new device if a prior one is replaced.The fact that it’s backed up also means its stored on your computer via iTunes when it does a backup, means that for many, it’s also on their computer in unencrypted form. A first step for any users of iDevices to take is to check the checkbox in iTunes that encrypts your backups. Based on the longevity of the data stored, the researchers, Pete Warden and Alasdair Allan, believe the data gathering to have begun in iOS 4.
Allan and Warden were to present their findings at the Where 2.0 conference in San Francisco on Wednesday. The file, “consolidated.db,” contains latitude-longitude coordinates along with timestamps. It’s unclear how the coordinates are generated, and the timing of the records appears erratic. Warden and Allan theorize that the updates are triggered by traveling between cells or device activity.