Security Researchers Reveal iPhone And iPad 3G Record Location Data In Hidden File

News | Friday April 15 2011 5:35 PM | Comments (0) Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

regularly tracks your iOS device and records the co-ordinates along with timestamp in a hidden file.
Allan and Pete Warden will speak about this topic at O’Reilly Where 2.0 Conference that started yesterday at Santa Clara, CA.
All iPhones appear to log your location to a file called “consolidated.db.” This contains latitude-longitude coordinates along with a timestamp. The coordinates aren’t always exact, but they are pretty detailed. There can be tens of thousands of data points in this file, and it appears the collection started with iOS 4, so there’s typically around a year’s worth of information at this point. Our best guess is that the location is determined by cell-tower triangulation, and the timing of the recording is erratic, with a widely varying frequency of updates that may be triggered by traveling between cells or activity on the phone itself.
Allan has raised privacy concerns as the hidden file is also backed up to your computer when you sync it, in unencrypted and unprotected form.
Apple has made it possible for almost anybody – a jealous spouse, a private detective – with access to your phone or computer to get detailed information about where you’ve been.”
) that can be used to look at the contents of the hidden file. They have also reached out to Apple for comment but haven’t received a response yet.
(click on your device within iTunes and then check “Encrypt iPhone Backup” under the “Options” area).
Are you worried that Apple is recording your location data?

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