Soon thereafter it was known that Android based phones were doing the same thing or even worse! The craziness spread as everyone tried to hide in bunkers because they were being tracked:
In any case, Apple said the devices were storing too much data due to a "bug" that was fixed last week with a software update, while Google came out today to assure everyone this data is anonymous and only stored for 'about a week' :
A small amount of location information regarding nearby Wi-Fi access points and cell towers is kept on the Android device to help the user continue to enjoy the service when no server connection is available and to improve speed and battery life. This information on the device is likewise not tied or traceable to a specific user.
However, they also state that, while Google will not keep any of this information, they can't assure the public 3rd party apps don't do so, or even more, send it to the internet.
So, is it time to take our tinfoil hats out and cover our brains, or is this a whole thing blown out of proportion?
I think it's a little bit of both. While cellphones gathering location data does sound logical in order to save battery life not having to locate all the antennas or wi-fi spots all over again, this data should be at the very least encrypted, in my opinion. As was shown a couple of weeks ago almost anyone with some computer knowledge can access it, and that is a little of a violation of privacy. I can see people not trusting their spouses hacking into their iPhones just to check where they've been... Just wait, you'll see, someone will.
As a side rant, I think we are becoming a little bit too attached to these things. I see kids today walking around transfixed with their cell phones, having at them 24/7, texting by the millions. It's quite ironic to see these devices that should bring us all closer together - everyone is at the distance of a call - are actually setting us apart in the sense that we don't get together as much anymore.
Well that's all for today, I have to make a phone call.