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What Every Client Should Know

By Robert Borsky, Esquire

Did you know that if you use an Apple iPhone, iPad3G, or a Google Android system phone, these devices are gathering information on you? Recently two data collection researchers, Alastair Allan and Pete Warden, have discovered that Apple has been Collecting data on their purchasers’ of iPhone and iPad3G.  According to the research, the operating system “iOS 4” has an hidden file.  The file is known as the “consolidated.db” file, and it stores your geolocation, the date and time at regular intervals.  The data is collected by the device, and then sent back to Apple. They know a lot about you from the history, and they know where the device is located – not necessarily where you are unless you are carrying the device.

You allowed Apple to track and you consented to the iPhone EULA, [End User Legal Agreement] which stated:

When you interact with Apple, we may collect personal information relevant to the situation, such as your name, mailing address, phone number, email address, and contact preferences; your credit card information and information about the Apple products you own, such as their serial numbers and date of purchase; and information relating to a support or service issue.

According to the researchers, Alastair Allan and Pete Warden, you may prevent Apple from collecting data from your iPhone or iPad3G, by selecting the Encrypted iPhone Backup when you connect to iTunes.

The Wall Street Journal interviewed a security analyst, Samy Kamkar and discovered that Apple is not the only one collecting data, Google is doing the same with the Android systems.

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Fortunately, Apple recently announced that they will fix the tracking bug.


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