Q: Now that I know Apple has been using my iPhone to track every move I've made for the past year, I'm worried that the data is going to get into the wrong hands. How can I prevent this from happening?
A: It's already been called Trackergate, but it isn't yet clear if a hidden file on your iPhone that has been secretly logging your every move is actually a scandal at all -- or just an oversight on the part of Apple. Whatever it is, the file, which a team of security researchers made the subject of their presentation at the Where 2.0 conference in San Francisco on Wednesday, has sparked a lively debate on the Internet, both for and against its existence and the logging of data in general.
Anybody, it appears, who downloaded the Apple iOS 4 update when it was released back in June 2010, now has nearly a full year's worth of data stored about their movements, we wrote after the Guardian ran a lengthy story on the file, which captures your phone's coordinates every few minutes. "Apple has made it possible for almost anybody -- a jealous spouse, a private detective -- with access to your phone ... to get detailed information about where you've been," Pete Warden, one of the researchers who discovered this file, told the Guardian.