Apple tracks iPhone and iPad 3G moves
Huge news today with the presentation at the Where 2.0 conference in San Francisco by Pete Warden and Alasdair Allan, who showed that the 3G iPhone and Apple iPad record all positions of its owners.
Geolocation is not achieved with the GPS but by triangulation, using the 3G phone towers. All trips are joyously saved in the database “consolidated.db” and no one was aware of this, until today. Technology giants are not the world champions of privacy (after Facebook and Google Street View problems…). Ok, may be this secret app was for police during criminal acts.
The secret base stores the longitude and latitude, and the date and time. Warden and Allan have created an online application that allows you to view your recent travels with the iphone: petewarden.github.com / iPhoneTracker.
The only solution, until Apple corrects this in its next version, is to encrypt the backup files when you synchronize the device.
The video presentation of two researchers who have discovered: