22 Apr '11, 8am

Hidden file in iPad, iPhone secretly tracks your movements, logs where you've been

SAN FRANCISCO - Apple faced questions on Wednesday about the security of its iPhone and iPad after a report that the devices regularly record their locations in a hidden file. The report came from a technology conference in San Francisco, where two computer programmers presented research showing that the iPhone and 3G versions of the iPad began logging users' locations a year ago, when Apple updated its mobile operating system. After customers upgraded the software, a new hidden file began periodically storing location data, apparently gleaned from nearby mobile phone towers and Wi-Fi networks, along with the time. The data is stored on a person's phone or iPad but, when the device is synced to a computer, the file is copied over to the hard drive, the programmers said. The data is not normally encrypted; although users can encrypt their information when they sync their de...

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