A fun side-effect of the iOS secret-tracking fiasco is that a lot of other different types of location data and transmissions to and from your smartphone are being conflated into a huge pile of fevered paranoia. But! Don't freak out.
The WSJ's headline—"Apple, Google Collect User Data"—borders on art, but the real point of note from the piece as it attempts to corral and make sense of the sprawling issue of cellphone location data is that when Google collects data about nearby Wi-Fi hotspots from your phone, that data is apparently tagged with "a…
All iSpy conspiracy bullshit aside, you are probably more interested in what your iPhone does with location data. Well, if you opt-in to the iPhone's location services, detailed—but anonymized—location data is transmitted back to Apple on a regular basis.
As reported by Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden on O'Reilly on Wednesday, Apple's iPhone and iPads with cellular data connections have been recording their users' whereabouts in a file that gets backed up to their computers for reasons unknown.
Why has your iPhone been secretly recording everywhere you go since iOS4, in a way that a simple program can extract everywhere you've been from either your iPhone or your computer? Well, probably, a bug.