iPhone Tracking and Location Services

by leeannm on April 27, 2011

in iPhone Tips

If you have heard the news in the last couple of weeks, you will know that Apple has been under fire for the non disclosure of the collection of location based information which is stored in an unencrypted format on the iPhone. There is so far no evidence to suggest that Apple itself has access to this information.

Tracking of mobile devices is not actually that new. Police and the Telcos work together to track the nearest cell tower that a person may have used when making a mobile call, and we have known for a while that Apple has been geo-tagging – saving meta data against photos for e.g. to show you where a photo was taken…provided you have Location Services switched on.

A large number of iPhone Apps now use Location Based Services to provide end users with a better user experience. I mean, who doesn’t want to know where the closest Subway is or where our favorite movie is screening?

if this feels more like Big Brother than mother looking after you, then you can turn Location Services off, either for the iPhone Apps you choose or in it’s entirety.

Will this stop Apple logging your whereabouts? We don’t know yet, but at least you have a choice of what iPhone apps can or can’t use your location based information.

To turn off Location Based Services, select Settings and choose Location Services. Tap Off.

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