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Heavyweights from Apple, Google, and other tech giants showed up on Capitol Hill today for some grilling before a panel of US lawmakers on the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy,...
05-10-2011, 10:23 AM #1
Apple Executive Tells US Senate that iOS 5 will Encrypt Location Tracking Cache
Heavyweights from Apple, Google, and other tech giants showed up on Capitol Hill today for some grilling before a panel of US lawmakers on the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law. Members of Congress are looking to probe potential privacy and security threats born of the location tracking attributes of some of today's most popular mobile operating systems, including Apple's iOS.
"I am sorry that not everyone was able to get into the room," Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., who chairs the new subcommittee, said upon the start of the hearing, where Apple vice president for software technology Bud Tribble testified. According to Tribble, not only did Apple begin the process of remedying its tracking "bug" by reducing the location tracking cache in iOS 4.3.3, but the company - as widely expected - will fully encrypt the cache with a subsequent update.
"Apple is deeply committed to protecting the privacy of our customers," said Tribble. "Apple does not track users' locations -- Apple has never done so and has no plans to do so." Tribble's reassuring comments came after a strong opening statement by Senator Franken, who clearly set the stage for what the hearing had hoped to accomplish.
"Consumers have a fundamental right to know what data is being collected about them," Franken said. "They have a right to decide whether they want to share that information, and with whom they want to share it and when. And yet reports suggest that the information on our mobile devices is not being protected in the way that it should be."
Alan Davidson, Google's director of public policy, wasn't spared from the third-degree either. In written testimony prepared ahead of today's hearing, Davidson said: "Google recognizes the particular privacy concerns that come with the collection and storage of location information. That's why we don't collect any location information -- any at all -- through our location services on Android devices unless the user specifically chooses to share this information with Google."
Source: Market Watch, Bloomberg
05-10-2011, 10:34 AM #2
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05-10-2011, 10:58 AM #4
I dont understand... we clearly know that Apple was tracking user's locations and could literally see a map (see attached image) of where you've been using cellular tower triangulation and also plan to still utilize the location tracking cache in the future iOS 5 update. And here, they state that "Apple does not track users' locations -- Apple has never done so and has no plans to do so." What am i missing here?
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05-10-2011, 11:10 AM #5
There's an elephant in the room and no one there talks about it!
It's there for law enforcement.
Heck; it was congress that passed laws requiring this in the late nineties if I recall correctly!!!
But now that the public "finds out" about it congress is there to enact a little dog and pony show to supposedly do something. What a crock...
Move along folks, nothing to see here
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05-10-2011, 11:42 AM #6
FYI you agreed to this in your iTunes agreement...
05-10-2011, 12:01 PM #7
05-10-2011, 12:48 PM #8
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05-10-2011, 01:48 PM #9
Your phone has it unencrypted when found out
Apple may have fixed this with updates yet its still there encrypted,
Uh since when is encrypted safe?
Its like people have never heard of HACKERS? Apple is not able to make hack proof files.
We have heard of Jailbreak right? WHat in the heck do you think is the process? Hacking................
So these phones may or may not be secure.
I have a constitutional right to not be tracked.
05-10-2011, 04:26 PM #10
05-10-2011, 05:42 PM #11
Big brother is watching!!!!
NEWS FLASH! - Your 4th amendment rights have been taken from you!
05-10-2011, 07:19 PM #12
Didn't anybody watch Southpark. When you accepted the " User Agreement " you therefor gave permission to Apple to " sow your mouth to the anal hole of another Human being " to create the worlds first " CENTIPAD ".
05-11-2011, 09:19 AM #13
Just because your device logs your location does NOT mean someone is tracking you! my god what has society evolved to? Into a bunch of a paranoid finatics who fear their own lives more than anything and refuse to open their mind and see the real reason. It logs your location for LEGIT reasons (ex. to use Find My iPhone), not because apple wants to know how often you visit an apple store.
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05-11-2011, 09:45 AM #14
05-11-2011, 11:39 AM #15
People, again. You AGREED to this! You don't get a personal digital assistant that helps you find the nearest coffee shop wherever you are without losing some privacy! And privacy is irrelevant today anyway, because on the right website I can pay $10-50 and get your SS#, your last 5 addresses, your cell phone #, and your underwear size. (oh wait, not that last one...)
05-12-2011, 03:01 PM #16
I can't believe it tracked iPhone users that's out of order from apple