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iPhone Records Your Location

What a shock to those iPhone users when a revelation spread about iPhone. iPhone has been storing your location to a file that gets backed up every time you  synch your phone with iTunes and same happens when you have got a 3G-enabled iPad.


As detailed in a post on O'Reilly Radar, two developers discovered the following:
"All iPhones appear to log your location to a file called 'consolidated.db.' This contains latitude-longitude coordinates along with a timestamp. The coordinates aren't always exact, but they are pretty detailed. There can be tens of thousands of data points in this file, and it appears the collection started with iOS 4, so there's typically around a year's worth of information at this point."
This is not the first time that this "consolidated.db" file has been questionable, as reports from early as September forth have been voicing similar concerns. But the developers are presenting their findings about this thing at the big Where 2.0 location-focused conference, which ought to drive plenty of exposure to that issue.

It doesn't appear that the data was being send anywhere according to the developers, but they were confused about this data and asked "why this data is stored and how Apple intends to use it- or not- are important questions that need to be explored."

Checked out the video below:


There are several iPhone apps that use your location data, but it always asked you first and have your permission first. May be this "consolidated.db" file will be used in just-in-case basis like kidnapping, missing, or even when you'll be killed.

But don't be so scared iPhone users, that data that was sent or stored by your iPhone cannot be accessed by just an ordinary user, it has a court order first before accessing your data and it is according to the developers.
And you have the freedom to make it encrypt so that no one can easily access your data.

Information from Time.com

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