iPhone & iPad are Criticized Secretly Tracking Users’ Location Datas
News in 21 April, lately, 2 programmers Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden discovered Apple are secretly tracking location datas of iPhone 4/iPad users , this might be the most serious privacy invasion of Apple.
The 2 programmers found that, since iOS released, Apple products based on that started tracking and storing users’ geo-locations, even attached timestamps. Such actions are running on the backstage, so uers have no idea of that. Allan said: “We’re not sure why Apple is gathering this data, but it’s clearly intentional, as the database is being restored across backups, and even device migrations.” But he also explained there is no evidence showed these datas have been transmitted to Apple.
What’s worse, these stored datas haven’t been encrypted, no any protection at all. That means when users are synchronically with other equipment, these datas are completely open to the synchronical equipments, so it’s easy to know where you lived in, where are you dinning、working and playing around.
Named “ iphoneTracker”, the program is used to display users’ loocations collected via iOS. Allan and Warden said, these information are saved in the consolidated.db.Allan and Warden have get in touch with Apple security group, no reply yet.
In fact, it’s not strange that Facebook Places and other map tools and navigation applies all based on that theory. However, what’s astonished people is Apple stored these information in iOS system where anybody could get the information.
Andrew Storms, the security researcher of nCircle claimed : “Apple has made it not just possible, but relatively easy, for almost anyone with access to your iOS device to get detailed information about where you have been, without your consent or knowledge”
Apple is preparing for a lawsuit, but it’s not hard to imagine Apple may take advantage of these information.
Fred Touchette, senior security analyst at AppRiver said:” Imagine what evildoers could do with that info; they could easily recognize daily patterns and know how long you’ll be away from your home or office. There is also a possibility such information can be accessed remotely with custom crafted malware, and then sold on the black market much like cyber criminals currently sell credit card information.”
Obviously, Apple owe an explaination to consumers. Perhaps it’s hard to find a resonable explaination to say why they invaded consumers’ privacy.
Actually, Apple has been sued for transmitting consumers’ personal information to Ad Networks. We have no idea why should Apple repeat the same mistake, but we do hope our privacy could be guarded.