Apple Tracking You to Build Location Database for Use with Geo-Location Apps

The news spread like a fire in the forest that Apple is tracking your location history and anyone can access it but as the time passed, things are becoming clear. iPhone and iPad users are getting pissed off by this annoying news. Surely, everyone is not a saint.

You might be wondering why Apple is doing so, story short; to build its own location database for use with geo-location apps and for diagnostics of issues like where the service is experiencing problems or how it reacts in certain locations.

Apple has already clarified all of this in July, 2010 when in a letter general counsel Bruce Sewell replied to the questions from Congress regarding its location-tracking policies.

These databases must be updated continuously to account for, among other things, the ever-changing physical landscape, more innovative uses of mobile technology, and the increasing number of Apple’s customers. Apple has always taken great care to protect the privacy of its customers.

Having said that, it doesn’t track all iUsers location history. Those who have turned off the geo-tracking are safe. Apple has safeguarded itself? I think No, because in the letter, Sewell didn’t mention the fact that the data is stored on your phone and the archive remains there forever.

You can, however, turn the geo-tracking off by putting Location Services off. What Apple doesn’t mention in the letter is the fact that the data is also stored on your local phone and the archive stays there till eternity.

This latest news confirms that this was no bug and “needs not to be fixed” in the next iOS updates as reported earlier.

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