Today, two British security researchers raised eyebrows with the discovery that the Apple iPhone records users' every move for as long as a year. The information is stored on a file called "consoidated.db," which includes latitude-longitude coordinates and a timestamp. The file is unencrypted, easily-accessible and the information is transferred to any machine the iPhone syncs with.
Not everyone's spooked by the revelations by data scientists Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden. After the two provided instructions on how to access the information, Gigaom's Darrell Etherington published his geolocation information to the web saying he leans toward the "open and trusting end" of the information sharing spectrum. But Allan, Warden and others have pointed to reasons why this is problematic and why Apple should encrypt its information. Here are their reasons, as well as others' concerned musings:
Think about this in a legal context This information has always been available to cell phone companies, but to gain access to it, police have needed a court order. "Now this information is siting in plain view, unprotected from the world," write Allan and Warden.