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[Bloomberg] Apple Denies Tracking iPhone Locations, Will Update Software

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“Apple is not tracking the location of your iPhone,” the Cupertino, California-based company said in a statement today. “Apple has never done so and has no plans to ever do so.”

The iPhone saves information on Wi-Fi hotspots and cellular towers near an iPhone’s current location, which helps the phone determine its location when needed by the user, Apple said. A database of hotspots and towers is downloaded on each phone and backed in Apple’s iTunes when users connect their phones. The company will stop backing up the database, it said.
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Edited by Squirrel - 4/27/11 at 9:15am
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Of course they're not.
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apple never take responsibility for ****, always in denial like a drunken uncle
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The one thing I never understood, ever since this thing was discovered, is IF Apple does use this location info, what in the world could it possibly be good for, from the perspective of covertly probing and storing our usage location info? It's rather meaningless info, and I don't doubt that they originally did intend for this database to improve the location service function of the phone use. It really doesn't make any sense to have that info otherwise. People seemed to just jump on the rage bandwagon that zomg, Apple is storing our information!!!

Though it seems to have taken Apple a little while to formulate a formal response, which is a bit troubling and a little suspicious.
    
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They deny tracking but they confirm they store user data of their (the user) location for their sake.

Huh?
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For all the people who complain about Apple bashing, this is why! It's not so much what they do, but the fact that they deny so much of what they do or don't do.

I mean come on, you can find articles of people using that app that gets the data and plots it for you, what more evidence do you need?
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The one thing I never understood, ever since this thing was discovered, is IF Apple does use this location info, what in the world could it possibly be good for, from the perspective of covertly probing and storing our usage location info? It's rather meaningless info, and I don't doubt that they originally did intend for this database to improve the location service function of the phone use. It really doesn't make any sense to have that info otherwise. People seemed to just jump on the rage bandwagon that zomg, Apple is storing our information!!!

Though it seems to have taken Apple a little while to formulate a formal response, which is a bit troubling and a little suspicious.
Apple already admitted to tracking users.... a year ago.

July 10: http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/ga...ton7-12-10.pdf

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2011/...hone-tracking/
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Understood that this isn't the first time their location services info has come into question--my question is, if the files are only timestamped geographical coordinates, what could they possibly gain from having that info and datamining it? I'm not saying that they necessarily should keep it, nor am I saying that it's necessarily trivial info either, but from a practicality standpoint, what do they really gain from having that info in the first place?
    
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As I said in the other thread, just for the sake of the outcry Apple will update things.
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Understood that this isn't the first time their location services info has come into question--my question is, if the files are only timestamped geographical coordinates, what could they possibly gain from having that info and datamining it? I'm not saying that they necessarily should keep it, nor am I saying that it's necessarily trivial info either, but from a practicality standpoint, what do they really gain from having that info in the first place?
They have comprehensive data of where people are actually using their phones. They can then sell this data to telecomm companies that can use to figure out where they need coverage.

Or they can sell it to ad companies so that they know where to place their billboards.

Point is they can sell the data to 3rd parties, which gets them more profits, since they obviously aren't satisfied with ripping you off on hardware and software costs.
    
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