Big Brother, Is That You?: Apple Now Tracking The Location Of You And Your Devices

June 22, 2010


So apparently Apple updated their terms of service and privacy policy (which you have to accept to continue downloading apps) yesterday to track your devices wherever you take them and use the information as they please. I probably should have taken a look before agreeing, but let's be honest: nobody reads those things and I would have agreed anyways. Per the new terms:

Location-Based Services

To provide location-based services on Apple products, Apple and our partners and licensees may collect, use, and share precise location data, including the real-time geographic location of your Apple computer or device. This location data is collected anonymously in a form that does not personally identify you and is used by Apple and our partners and licensees to provide and improve location-based products and services. For example, we may share geographic location with application providers when you opt in to their location services.

Some location-based services offered by Apple, such as the MobileMe "Find My iPhone" feature, require your personal information for the feature to work.

Oh man, remember when Apple was all, "Think Different"? And now they're all "Think 1984". But I already have a big brother! His name's Frank, and he doesn't care where I am. Unless it's In-N-Out, then he wants a burger.

Privacy Change: Apple Knows Where Your Phone Is And Is Telling People [theconsumist]

Thanks to Jonathan, who threw his iPhone in the back of a moving truck to throw Steve off his scent. Smart thinking.

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