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Apple Tracking ‘Bug’ Likely to be Fixed in Next iOS Update

According to the famous Apple critic John Gruber of Daring Fireball, the much talked about iPhone & iPad tracking user’s location history seems to be an oversight or a bug (really?), which is likely to be fixed in the next iOS 4.3.3./4.4 updates.

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The big question of course, is why Apple is storing this information. I don’t have a definitive answer, but my little-birdie-informed understanding is that consolidated.db acts as a cache for location data, and that historical data should be getting culled but isn’t, either due to a bug or, more likely, an oversight. I.e. someone wrote the code to cache location data but never wrote code to cull non-recent entries from the cache, so that a database that’s meant to serve as a cache of your recent location data is instead a persistent log of your location history. I’d wager this gets fixed in the next iOS update.


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In case you haven’t heard or read about this, Security researchers have found out that iPhone & iPad track and saves users location history in a secret database file without the consent of the user of course.

The file contains data about your latitude and longitude along with the timestamp. This information can be easily accessed by jailbreaking the phone, unfortunately, on the computer even without that. Moreover, the file is not encrypted and can be read by just anyone using a simple app.

Apple haven’t commented on this yet but if it is a big, its a big one and they really need to fix it as soon as possible. Meanwhile, if you want to prevent Apple from tracking your location history, you can use “Untrackerd” app which is available on Cydia.

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