The latest development in the iPhone location scandal that some people care about (and others don't) is the revelation that the iPhone stores your location information even after you disable its location services. The findings come from a Wall Street Journal field test, which entailed traveling with the phone and seeing what it tracks. Apple's official line on geolocation privacy is that the company won't collect your information if you disable the location services function on the phone. So far, Apple is keeping its word on that because the location data is only stored on your phone and not transmitted to Apple when location services are disabled. However, if you don't flip off the location switch, as we learned last week, the information will be transmitted back to Apple HQ, a practice Google does with its Android phones as well.
An interesting quirk in the Journal study is that once the location function is turned off, the tracking data becomes less accurate: "the coordinates were not from the exact locations that the phone traveled, and some of them were several miles away," the Journal reports. Elsewhere in Locationgate news, the South Korean government is investigating Apple to determine if its location-tracking phones violate the country's privacy laws, reports Bloomberg. Other countries looking into the issue are France, Germany and Italy.
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