New research indicating iPads and iPhones routinely collect and store data on users’ whereabouts has some people concerned about how the information could be misused, the Sun-Times reported. It on any machine you ve synched with your device. It can also be easily accessed on the device itself if it falls into the wrong hands, wrote researchers Pete Warden and Alasdair Allan, who uncovered the file in Apple devices that contains the data, the story said. Users can view the collected data by using an app the researchers created, which is available at petewarden.github.com/iPhoneTracker, the Sun-Times reported.
The data, which is timestamped, can be held for years, the Los Angeles Times reported. Concerned about how the data could be used to violate individuals’ privacy, Congressman Ed Markey (D-Mass.) has asked Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO, to explain by May 12 the purpose of the embedded tracking file, the Los Angeles Times reported.
In the meantime, Alex Levinson, a senior engineer at Katana Forensics, advised iPhone and iPad users to use the “settings” menu on the devices to turn off location services and prevent apps from accessing the data, the Sun-Times reported.