Apple's iPhone Tracking "Bug"

Friday, April 29, 2011


Turns out, anyone who has access to your iPhone can track your whereabouts for the last year due to a technical bug. This week, Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced that Apple will release a software fix for the problem. Wired's Brian Chen discusses the public's reaction to the revelation and Senator Al Franken talks about a congressional investigation into privacy issues in mobile devices.

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Comments [8]

Oscar Romero

This bug with apple is a huge issue. The fact that anyone could possibly track your whereabouts is a huge invasion of privacy and apple should be penalized for this mistake. This is unmistakably wrong and it seems that has taken way to long for apple to notice and fix this problem.

May. 18 2011 11:41 AM
David from Lawrenceville, NJ

Why not ask Franken about the government's plan to track cars and mileage for tax purposes:

A mileage tax will likely require the installation of an electronic monitoring device in every car. Given the level of technological sophistication that currently exists today, the government will be able to track a citizen’s every move in a manner that far exceeds any of the previous administration’s “alleged” assaults on privacy.

May. 12 2011 03:44 PM

Apples iPhone Tracking Bug reported April 29, 2011. This report is basically about the iPhone and one of its major problems. I find this ironic because this is probably one of the most sold phones on the market but people have complained about battery life sensitive screens and now this. They say if someone where to plug in your phone and download a free app. off the computer they could track everywhere you have been.
In my opinion new technology is not always good technology, but to each is his own.
On the other hand these phones do offer a variety of good accessories that are very helpful and fun.
This report was very informative but not as effective with its point.

May. 06 2011 02:29 PM
James Chi from Gaithersburg, MD

RE: Conner

It is pretty clear why they need this information... when you click on "Current Location" in Maps or other app. That information is used to figure out where you are. Note the information is on your phone... not some third party server on the internet. Your Location stays with you and you decide when to give it out.

May. 06 2011 12:41 PM
Calill from Raleigh, NC

As a citizen and consumer in the United States, I feel very uncomfortable knowing that situations like these are beginning to arise more often, where our privacy is seemingly put in jeopardy, no matter what you do. Instead of constantly improving technology, I believe that companies should take care of information leaks that are becoming oh-so-popular.

May. 06 2011 10:36 AM
Connor from Raleigh

I agree with what Brian Chen said about "if we're just to be apathetic about these sorts of issues, then these problems are never going to be corrected". if people just don't care than nothing is going to get done and I think that's the wrong way to handel this. Apple admitted it was a bug which is good but I still dont see why they need this information in the first place. I also think that in todays digital and online world Congress needs to get on the ball and start putting laws in place to protect the consumer.

May. 02 2011 07:02 PM
James Chi from Gaithersburg, MD

I agree 100% with the above comment. This segment was factually incorrect and sensationalized. Why get commentary from Brian Chen, a writer known anti-Apple muckraker (just Google his past articles). Al Franken? Come on? The Apple cultist remark is beneath my contempt. I'm not worried about the story, because I trust Apple more than On the Media, Brian Chen, or Al Franken. Why? Just listen to the segment.

Apr. 30 2011 07:40 PM
Gavin McKeown

Another incorrect rehashing of this story. The database file on the iPhone that kicked this story off well over a week ago is data that is sent *TO* the phone so that the phone can compute its location.
The lead-in to this story completely mid-characterized this.

Apr. 30 2011 01:23 PM

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