Your iPhone Knows Where You've Been the Past Year
Stunning news out of the tech world this week: You're iPhone is tracking your every move and saving it in a file that can be converted into a map.
It has been doing this for almost a year -- since June, according to the UK's Guardian newspaper.
... the data ends up on your computer when you sync you phone, and that data can be unlocked and turned into a map by anyone with access to your laptop.
Los Angeles Lakers v Indiana Pacers - Verified Resale Tickets
TicketsFri., Jan. 20, 7:30pm
CSUN Womens Basketball vs. Cal Poly Women's Basketball
TicketsSat., Jan. 21, 4:00pm
CSUN Men?s Basketball vs. Uc Irvine Mens Basketball
TicketsSat., Jan. 21, 7:00pm
UCLA Bruins Women's Basketball vs. USC Womens Basketball
TicketsSun., Jan. 22, 5:00pm
Scary, huh Lindsay Lohan?
The file contains the latitude and longitude of the phone's recorded coordinates along with a timestamp, meaning that anyone who stole the phone or the computer could discover details about the owner's movements using a simple program.
Pete Warden, one of the researchers who discovered the tracking system, told the newspaper:
Apple has made it possible for almost anybody - a jealous spouse, a private detective - with access to your phone or computer to get detailed information about where you've been.
So far Apple's not saying why it's tracking you. We're going to take a wild guess, however, and assume that all the press it's getting for this invasive feature will either prompt the California company to reverse course or at least issue some kind of explanation Thursday.
Get the ICYMI: Today's Top Stories Newsletter Our daily newsletter delivers quick clicks to keep you in the know
Catch up on the day's news and stay informed with our daily digest of the most popular news, music, food and arts stories in Los Angeles, delivered to your inbox Monday through Friday.