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[II] Apple Lied: Filed Patent for Mobile Device Tracking

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Apple's claim that the geolocation tracking of its customers via a stealth file maintained in devices running the iOS operating system are, well, "patently" false.

The stealth iOS file records geolocation information derived from triangulating the location of a device using the signals from the closest cell phone transmission towers and Wi-Fi access points. The data is continuously collected and recorded regardless of whether the user has chosen to disable location services features on their mobile device.

Apple released a statement earlier this week that claims the data collection is caused by a software bug that will be remediated in a soon to be issued update to the iOS. Apple admitted that the information was being sent to the company, but they maintain that they are unable to trace the data a particular phone or user.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs even stated directly that "We don't track anyone. The info circulating around is false."

Reports have now surfaced that demonstrate these assurances are false.

Apple filed for a patent in September of 2009 titled "Location Histories for Location Aware Devices" with the intent to develop services based around the company's ability to locate and track mobile devices running the iOS operating system.
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Interesting read. However, knowing Apple, they'll most likely get away with it like they usually do.
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I love Steve Jobs, so direct and forward. Bleh.
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"You're holding it wrong, it won't track you if you hold it THIS way...."
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I hope Apple goes out of business.

But that will never happen
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I hope Apple goes out of business.

But that will never happen

Only Apple product I like is their 11 inch Macbook Air. Great for note taking.

Other than that... they have nice screens and a stylish look?

I have never owned an Apple product other than an iPod. Don't think I ever will other than possibly the Macbook Air later this year for school purposes, if they put Sandy Bridge processors into those things.
    
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post #7 of 41
they did it so that the other greedy companies such as google or M$ wouldn't put the same tech in their mobile devices to track people without hindrance from apple.
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"You're holding it wrong, it won't track you if you hold it THIS way...."

so in a basket, Apple file a patent then a few years later say that they arnt tracking you..... then they admit that they have been getting data from iPhones.... they they claim that its a bug in the iOS...


hmm when was this bug discovered? Why wasnt it dealt with in the so many iOS updates that have been released? How long has this so called "bug" been known about?

I say Apple are lying between there teeth.
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The stealth iOS file records geolocation information derived from triangulating the location of a device using the signals from the closest cell phone transmission towers and Wi-Fi access points. The data is continuously collected and recorded regardless of whether the user has chosen to disable location services features on their mobile device.

Unless im reading it wrong, isnt apple saying "We dont track customers, we just record the location of your device"?
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Apple never said that the tracking was a bug. They said that the bug was that the data was kept for so long.

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