In the last few days an article has been circulating about the discovery that the iPhone tracks where you are WITHOUT having the GPS feature enabled. Many people are appalled that Apple would do this but this is nothing new. Don’t blame Apple. Someone has a record of where you are at all times and those people are cell phone carriers. When they triangulate your position it is stored and a running log is kept per device. I do not have proof of this but I can tell you with certainty that this happens. It is used internally for marketing and coverage analysis most likely but it is also a backup for emergency 911 calls so they can find you asap.
It is just that someone found their own data. Mobile phones aren’t impenetrable they can be hacked. This loophole was not common knowledge 4 days ago and has probably been happening since the iPhone has been out. It will also be fixed/hidden somewhere else next software update.
People need to live with the fact that the devices they use keep track of their every activity. Everyone knows it happens and for the most part people don’t care. It could fall in the wrong hands but so could any number of things in the physical world.
The services we use knowing everything about us IS the future. The data from our everyday lives will become a commodity that is bought and sold between companies. Who knows maybe if someone is wealthy enough they can buy back their data.
I have begun publicly releasing my dataset from several locations that can be downloaded and re-appropriated at www.tlclark.com/urbanimpressions.html.
Open source isn’t just software and hardware anymore.