April 21st, 2011
ActiveTrak’s Ken Westin chats with KGW about unencrypted Apple iPhone tracking logs
Unless you’ve been under a rock—and without your iPhone—for the past few days, you’ve no doubt heard about the now infamous Apple iPhone tracking logs that are held on your phone and your computer, unencrypted.
Sure. You check into Foursquare, Gowalla, and Facebook Places. And you visit sites on the Web. And you turn on GPS to use maps. And you make calls that bounce off of specific cell towers. But little did you know, your location was also being logged by your phone.
Okay. Maybe it’s not so shocking. I mean, every little thing we do on the Internet is logged and tracked.
But the fact that that information is unencrypted—and accessible to anyone who has access to your computer—is a little more disturbing, to be sure. And the fact that you weren’t expressly told it was being captured—even though that was completely obvious—is a bit disconcerting as well.
Ken Westin of ActiveTrak spent a little time chatting with KGW about the brouhaha.
For more on the saga, read Daring Fireball’s assessment.