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Why iOS is tracking you and how to stop it

22 April, 2011 | Read the news | Post your comment
Why iOS is tracking you and how to stop it - read the full textYou’ve probably heard by now about the detailed log your iOS device keeps of your movements. Well, now there’s a tool to prevent that plus some more clarity on the issue, which as it turns out is neither new nor unique. iOS has offered location services from the start - you know, pinpointing...


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"...which can be installed on jailbroken iGadget from the Cydia software repository." --> FAIL! Now everyone that does not want to be tracked NEEDS to jailbreak their iPhones!
Same goes for Android users!
In Android's settings there's a thick that needs to be unthicked, and the phone does not track you anymore. But for previous tracking that's already done you need to root your phone! --> again FAIL!
More info at Android Market and search for "Location Cache".

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  • 2011-04-27 17:53
  • 3pw6

tracking is still tracking.. who knows for what purpose they are really doing this big companies wont tell yeah .. thats why big companies are big companies coz they know how rip off people and by studying them wow i phone users are the real ginuepigs here

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  • 2011-04-27 05:28
  • vxt3

> In reply to Martin,UK @ 2011-04-26 11:29 from 3aaY - click to readThe law enforcement agency can just ask your phone network who keep this information anyway.

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  • 2011-04-27 03:56
  • PBcc

> In reply to Customer Right @ 2011-04-26 06:52 from iwtW - click to readWell neither iOS are really violtaing your privacy. Apple because they buried info about it in your T's & C's and all Apple users have therefore agreed. Apple don't actually know where you've been and aren't tracking you, the issue is that if someone gets hold of your phone or pc they could track your movements. The issue of privacy comes into place when the law enforcement agencies decide to seize your i-phone.

Android actually asks you whether you want to send such information when you set up your phone and you always have the option to turn it off (something you can't do on a vanilla version of iOS). The only thing that has not been confirmed yet is if the Android database suffers from the same security flaws as iOS. IE unencrypted database on phone and all synced pc's & backups.

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  • 2011-04-26 11:29
  • 3aaY

skynet is here..

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  • 2011-04-26 09:34
  • thgZ

Symbian, cause it doesn't have app store, but a torrent where u can download anything u want just like for winmo

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  • 2011-04-26 09:07
  • 4Axr

Better stay away from Android and iOS coz they are weatching U. Anybody knows what OS that doest not violate our privacy ??

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  • 2011-04-26 06:52
  • iwtW

OH MY GOD! This is like the worst thing ive ever heard!

And thats what i'd type if i used an iPhone, or gave a monkeys!

Who gives a crap! Blackberry all the way.

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  • 2011-04-24 14:23
  • 3AxW

> In reply to [deleted post]This news is everywhere... I don't think GSM Arena started this news. Another ignorant person not reading before commenting.

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  • 2011-04-23 20:32
  • qbYL

Another reason of why people should jailbreak

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  • 2011-04-23 13:37
  • Lh}K

Whenever I try and download to software to do this it states it can't be used nor downloaded using safari? WTF

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  • 2011-04-23 12:40
  • iIR0

> In reply to Kean @ 2011-04-22 17:34 from tVXt - click to readWas it iOS 4 (4.2.1) Version that you Jailbroke?

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  • 2011-04-23 09:55
  • i4Yx

so there is no authorized app on appstore to restrict this access or else to delete the log, Sounds like army management.

Go for open access flatform man where there is no rules.

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  • 2011-04-23 08:09
  • vGAu

> In reply to - click to read @ 2011-04-23 01:00 from vab% - click to readwell done mr apologist.
you're mixing two different issues.

'cell reception'
phones don't use much power finding nearby cell towers. they "receive" signals and process them. if you're in a dense city area you don't see the tower you're connected to switching a hundred times a second because your phone will just pick one and stick with it. how often it checks local signal varies on a phone to phone basis. some phones allow 'on-demand' checking.

'cell location'
phones periodically ping the tower they're connected to. it's not every second. it can be up to 5 minutes (depending what country / cell network setup). some phones are 'on demand' which forces the phone company to play back the 'out of range' message. pinging the tower uses fair amont of power. which is why it doesn't happen much. but it does so to make sure the tower has capacity to potential handle phone traffic.

in either of the functions, permanently storing the location of cell towers on the phone is pointless as you have to use gps to check your location versus the towers in the database. gps uses significantly more power than checking for nearby signals (which the phone does anyway to check for transmission and quality), or pinging a tower (which the phone does anyway to ensure capacity).

the real reason for this data is gps (or rather, a-gps). using known wifi and cell tower locations to pin point your location faster and better based on local signals and signal strengths (think of the towers as micro gps-satellites). all this means is a much more accurate fix on your location. nothing more.

it isn't new.

what is new is storing the data permanently. in order to confirm what towers are near, you need to get a rough idea of what your location is. you calculate the various signals you're receiving, match it against the database and get a rough fix on your location. the net result is you need a lot less satellites to confirm location as you've got nearby cell towers helping confirm roughly where you are (noting the gps satellite signals are still used in this process).

what's worse are the other things people have found in the files apple stores (which also get copied everywhere you 'sync' your mobile to). the main thing being passwords for wifi access points you are able to connect to. the passwords in plain-text along with it's gps location, encryption type and other setup details.

so overall, keeping that permanent database is a waste of space and power, and less efficient. please stop trying to apologise for apple.

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  • 2011-04-23 06:04
  • tAML

Is the Iphone 4 can track home wifi too that is very2x far away....Cause im very surprise to see my friend iphone4 still can detect her home wifi even she is not at home...????#$@$

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  • 2011-04-23 05:49
  • tufd

> In reply to anonymouse @ 2011-04-23 02:46 from t}BQ - click to readYou do know that phone companies keep this information for ALL phones otherwise they wouldn't work.

To access the information on an iPhone you have to have physical access and then jailbreak it, the owner of the phone can lock and remote wipe the phone before this can happen.

The other way to access the file is to have physical access to the computer it is synced to, that's if the computer is not password protected and the iPhone back up is not encrypted.

There is another way and that's through phone company records which applies to all phones, there would be LESS data from iPhones as most of the time the phone knows where it is and what towers are around it, it doesn't have to continuously ask like other phones.

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  • 2011-04-23 05:09
  • PBcc

this is the very reason why i m still away from Andriod and iOS based handsets... privacy... Google is evil and so is Apple...

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  • 2011-04-23 02:46
  • t}BQ

How will a company know where to send calls to if the towers a phone is near are not known?

Simple answer, they can't.

A phone polls towers so the phone company knows where to route calls.

iPhone's keep a database of towers so they don't have to waste energy looking for towers, they know where they are, this is more efficient.

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  • 2011-04-23 01:00
  • vab%

I like the picture of the EYEphone with the tinfoil hat.. say's it all. Selling my carrier given ip4 = didn't even open the factory box seal.. bye bye apple.

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  • 2011-04-22 22:25
  • 3rM8

Hey iPhone lovers, congratulations to you, an app has been added to the great AppStore, go get and install it, and be happy, you have the largest AppStore on the earth.

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  • 2011-04-22 21:03
  • pTij

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