You may already know that a lot of apps in your iPhone log your locations so they can provide you directions or geographic-based recommendations. But did you know you iPhone itself also keeps a separate, locally stored history of places you have even been? BuzzFeed recently finds out that iPhones have a hidden function that records where you’ve been and how long you spent there.
Some people think this function is definitely an intrusion of privacy. The most concerned issue about it is that the stored locations data can be easily read on your device. Any other app you run or user with access to your iPhone or iPad can look through it. The more fundamental problem is that Apple are collecting this information at all, even though the claim that they don’t. “Apple is not tracking the location of your iPhone. Apple has never done so and has no plans to ever do so.” Phone companies collect similar data almost inevitably as part of their operations, but it’s kept behind their firewall. It normally requires a court order to gain access to it, whereas this is available to anyone who can get their hands on your devices. Meanwhile, this function seems to be not beneficial at all in terms to the fact that this data is stored in such an intricate manner.
When being asked “Why is my iPhone logging my location?” Apple says, “The iPhone is not logging your location. Rather, it’s maintaining a database of Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers around your current location, some of which may be located more than one hundred miles away from your iPhone, to help your iPhone rapidly and accurately calculate its location when requested.” To my understanding, this statement is saying “Oh, we know where you are, we just won’t memorize it.” So what about other institutions or people who have or want to have the access to this information?
It is a controversy argument that the Frequency Locations setting in your iPhone is either a benefit function or an intrusion of privacy, or both. So for those who have no idea about this, you can go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > Frequency Locations to turn it on or off.
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