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iOS Update Fixes Location Tracking Bug

What?! Who’s tracking my location? Okay, that’s it, I’m pressing charges…The location tracking bug has now been fixed with the new iOS 4.3.3 update for the iPhone on AT&T. If you haven’t already heard about the tracking bug, apple’s iphones and ipads had a database configuration file that was storing the locations of its users, in an unencrypted file on the machine. No biggie, right?

Well, the bug has now been fixed, hopefully putting many minds to ease. The iPad and iPod touch both received an iOS 4.2.8 update.

Apple Does Not Track Movements, Android Does

According to Steve Jobs, Apple does not use any of the location data that is stored on an individual’s iPad or iPhone. Apparently the configuration file that was recently discovered is a bug and the info collected within that database file is stored on the device itself. When an iPhone user recently threatened Jobs that he would switch to an Android phone, Jobs claimed “we don’t track anyone, [Android] does.” I assume some worried consumers contacted Google because they recently admitted that they in fact do track Android users, but they do so anonymously.

A Google spokesman explained that Google tracks users’ movements to provide customized services such as maps, improved search results for nearby shops or restaurants, and to study traffic on various roads.

iPhone And iPad Records Locations And Timestamps In Unencrypted File

According to Radar.Oreilly, the new iOS software installed on your iPhone or 3G iPad, regularly records the position of your device into a hidden file. This data stores a comprehensive list of locations and time stamps in a database. To add to the mystery, the file lacks any sort of encryption or protection, leaving the sensitive data at risk to be seen by other individuals. It is unclear what Apple is doing with the information or whether they even know about it. I believe it may be used in the event of a theft, but this is just a guess.