Apple Tries To Claim Innocence
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A few days ago, Apple was blamed for tracking its iPad and iPhone users by Privacy International Association.
Apple responded by saying that Apple has never tracked, is not and will never track the location of their customers. The company then goes on to say that they are at fault “partly” for the confusion caused. The other half of the fault is heaped upon the customers for not being “educated” for not understanding the technical issues it is currently facing to provide mobile users with fast and accurate location information.
Apple has claimed to have identified several bugs in its iOS which will be fixed shortly.
According to Apple, the location history that the researchers found on the iPhone and the iPad is not the location of the user but the locations of the Wi-fi hotspots and the cell-phone towers around the current location of the iPhone/iPad. Apple adds that this information can be up to100 miles away from the device and that Apple can’t pin you down using this information.
So, basically they are just saying that they have been practicing crowd-sourcing. Crowd-sourcing is the process of collecting information for a database with the help of the company’s customers. Google does this in USA for the Google Maps Navigation service. Cars are sent out by Google to update the Google Maps database. Apple, ‘different thinkers’ that they are, decided to use the customers.
The Cupertino company says that it will release an iOS update nevertheless. With the help of this iOS update, the number of Wifi hotspots and cell-phone tower locations saved on the iDevice, will be reduced. Also, if the user switches off “Location Services” in the Settings, this data will be completely removed from the iPhone.
Apple has made a FAQ for its iPad and iPhone customers which can be found here.