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Apple Inc.'s iPhones and Google Inc.'s Android smartphones regularly transmit their locations back to Apple and Google, respectively, according to data and documents analyzed by The Wall Street Journal—intensifying concerns over privacy and the widening trade in personal data.
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I know there was another thread stating that the phones collected location data and saved it locally, but this confirms that the data is communicated back to each respective company.

Not surprising.
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I said that as soon as the Apple story came out... "I bet Google do the absolute same".
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I said that as soon as the Apple story came out... "I bet Google do the absolute same".
But most likely Google only does this for the ads, which you could now opt out of most of these in the Market. Or, you could just manually turn off your data connection and WiFi to avoid being tracked all the time. I always do that to avoid going over AT&T's absurd 2GB cap at $25 a month.
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But most likely Google only does this for the ads, which you could now opt out of most of these in the Market. Or, you could just manually turn off your data connection and WiFi to avoid being tracked all the time. I always do that to avoid going over AT&T's absurd 2GB cap at $25 a month.
They do it for ads... which often are outsourced to third parties. So, a third party has your details and exact details of where you've been.

I work in marketing and advertising, you'd be surprised at the data companies have on you, especially from outsourcing
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They do it for ads... which often are outsourced to third parties. So, a third party has your details and exact details of where you've been.

I work in marketing and advertising, you'd be surprised at the data companies have on you, especially from outsourcing
Lucky I don't turn on data and WiFi very often. I use Android smartphones for the customization.
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But most likely Google only does this for the ads, which you could now opt out of most of these in the Market. Or, you could just manually turn off your data connection and WiFi to avoid being tracked all the time. I always do that to avoid going over AT&T's absurd 2GB cap at $25 a month.
I'm guessing that's what Apple do it for too......
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Lucky I don't turn on data and WiFi very often.
The phone can still be tracked by cell tower triangulation. It's not nearly as accurate as GPS, but ballpark approximations are fine for advertising purposes. Plus it can be used on anything from the iPhone 4 to your grandmother's brick from the 90s.
    
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glad i'm using a Windows phone then
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glad i'm using a windows phone then :d
i want 1
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