iOS4 Devices Recording and Storing Location Data
Two researchers announced that Apple devices running iOS4 (e.g., the iPhone 4 and the iPad3G) have been regularly logging the location of the device (along with timestamps) in an unencrypted file stored on the device and on any machine with which the device has been synced. The researchers also created an iPhone application for mapping the data stored on a particular device (available here).
Despite the privacy fears, reaction to the announcement was not uniformly negative. Forbes’ Kashimir Hill opined that the feature was “cool,” and noted that others, including the researchers disclosing the logging, have also expressed enthusiasm for the possible uses of such data (though the researchers also expressed concern that Apple did not inform consumers about the logging).