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If some shady hacker type steals my iPhone or hacks my laptop, the last thing I’m worried about is a database that shows where I went last month. I’m far more concerned about passwords, financial information, private e-mails, my list of contacts, information that would enable hardcore identity theft, and so on. Who cares if they know I went to Whole Foods last month or that I entered a Starbucks at 2:36 p.m. last Wednesday?
My sentiments exactly.

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Wonderful, but how does it actually benefit the user. Just because something isn't as bad, doesn't mean it should be ignored.
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theres lots of bad things in life that you live with, so this should be any different.
    
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Wonderful, but how does it actually benefit the user. Just because something isn't as bad, doesn't mean it should be ignored.
I certainly don't disagree with that.

But I think the article does a good job of putting the situation into perspective.
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then again.... I could check the file to see where my GF has actually been in the last week...
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If I have something on mine and others phones which could potentially help solve crimes and get bad people off the streets im fine with it.. People who aren't are secret agents or murderers
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I understand that advertisers have a lot of information on me, I understand that it's the business model they have and it helps to shape my online browsing experience.

The problem is when it goes too far and steps outside of my internet experience and in to the real world. Advertisers have so much personal information out there to the point where we're constantly being surveyed, why can't the government take control of this data flow? Yes, I suppose it's a bit tin-foil-hat of me but that's my personal stance.
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then again.... I could check the file to see where my GF has actually been in the last week...
That would be a fun conversation...
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Wonderful, but how does it actually benefit the user. Just because something isn't as bad, doesn't mean it should be ignored.
Firstly you can encrypt your iPhone backups so this data could not be accessed just like that. And secondly this just improves future services by storing the locations of cell towers for purposes, such as speedier connections to said towers.

http://www.tuaw.com/2011/04/20/your-...your-location/
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What could possibly go wrong with someone knowing all my movements and habits? Sounds like a great setup to determine the best time to rob my house to me.
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