I am sure that many of you have noticed today that iOS seems to record your location data. This is highly interesting to me, so I downloaded the source and modified it to output the parsed location data as a CSV file.
Thanks, any chance you could chime in on your thoughts in this privacy issue? Curious about what you think is appropriate tracking for consumer electronics :p
I don’t think this is a privacy issue. In my opinion, privacy concerns are valid when there is a risk of public exposure of something that consumers reasonably expect will not be exposed. However, in this case, a person’s individual location is recorded in literally thousands of ways already. Traffic/speed cameras timestamp your car on your way to work, the ATM video camera takes your picture when you insert your card, and AT&T actively updates its database of your location so it can direct calls your way as fast as possible.
The fact is that for modern technology to work in the way that we have come to expect it to, we have to accept certain things. You might not like the concept of traffic cameras, but when one proves that you’re not liable for an accident, you should be glad its there. Similarly, if your ATM card was stolen and used, you’d expect a security camera to capture the theif. It’s disingenuous to expect complete personal privacy but to demand that others not be treated the same.
For law enforcement to work as efficiently as possible, technology is going to be used. We expect no less. For your cellphone to have a fast data plan, AT&T needs to know where you are. For an emergency call, I want my iPhone to have a location cache.
Recall that every iPhone user was appraised of the possibility of transmission of location data in the EULA. Not reading the EULA does not give users a solid platform to complain after the fact. “By using location-based services on you iPhone, you agree and consent to Apple’s and its partners’ and licensees transmission, collection, maintenance, processing and use of your location data to provide such products and services.”
So in sum, if you don’t want to be searched before boarding an airplane, don’t fly. If you don’t want to be photographed by traffic cameras, don’t drive. If you don’t want your location to be known by others, don’t go out in public. If you don’t want your iPhone logging your location to improve its service to you, don’t use it.
Good reply :D
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