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http://www.boingboing.net/2011/04/20...-secretly.html

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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.
For some phones, there could be almost a year's worth of data stored, as the recording of data seems to have started with Apple's iOS 4 update to the phone's operating system, released in June 2010.
Stored unencrypted as consolidated.db, and apparently saved to any devices you sync the phone to, and no obvious way to prevent it. We of course know that networks log your location, but in a more secure way. Just a heads up for anyone.
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Yay data mining!
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BBC Article

Who wanted their iPrivacy to begin with?
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You're holding it wro... oh wait.
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That's a warning for you criminals, don't use the iPhone.
 
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Who wanted their iPrivacy to begin with?
That's from The Guardian, not BBC.
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those bass tards......if my gf gets a hold of this, i'm screwed

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But theres no way to log into the iPhone remotely and access the files even apples own software doesn't use this efficiently ... They really should use the best anti theft security... Jailbreaking is the only way at the moment to remotely find your phone... And even so you can't turn it on/off remotely only lock it and send stupid messages to it
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Security researchers have discovered that Apple's iPhone keeps track of where you go – and saves every detail of it to a secret file on the device which is then copied to the owner's computer when the two are synchronised.

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.
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For now, there is no fix. The only way to remove it from your computer is to wipe your back up files from your computer. But then you have no back ups to restore your phone in case you lose it. And every time you sync your computer, though, it'll create a new file. And if you do lose your phone, all your tracking data goes with it, right into the hands of whoever found it. And if you upgrade your phone to the next iPhone, the location tracking history goes with it.
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Edited by Trigunflame - 4/20/11 at 10:35am
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