Apple to shortly release iOS 4.3.3; update deals with location tracking bug
posted by Alan F. / May 02, 2011, 12:55 PM
With the new update, the software will no longer back up the location database file, consolidated.db to iTunes when an iPhone users syncs his iPhone or iPad 3G. In addition, iOS 4.3.3 will shrink the size of the consolidated.db file and limit the amount of time that the information will be stored. This is in response to a bug that allowed for the storage of up to 1 years worth of Wi-Fi hot spot and cell tower locations although the iPhone manufacturer insists that the file was not sent anywhere. Apple says that no more than 7 days of data is needed for the iPhone. The bug also failed to stop saving location data when the location services button was off. The tech giant said that the next major iOS software update would encrypt the data to prevent third party use of the information.
The location data storage issue has been a hot topic in Washington over the past two weeks. As we reported, Verizon will be putting a removable sticker on all of its new phones warning about the collection of location data and the possibility that it could be used to identify the user of the phone. A scheduled May 10th hearing in the Senate on mobile privacy will include appearances by representatives for both Apple and Google.
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Well that is good news, Steve Jobs said that the iPhone does no such thing. That was in reference to the tracking fiasco that Apple is in. Now this update will deal with the tracking issue that Steve Jobs claimed was nonexistent. HMMM!? It seems contradictory but I am happy for all the Apple customers who will not be track anymore. Well you will be track for at least 7 days. So a week is better than a year!
posted on May 02, 2011, 1:45 PM 3
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I have to say, that I respect what Sony did, when their PSN network went down! They had a press conference, bowed and apologized for the inconvenience that was caused, even though, it wasn't directly their fault! Apple can learn a lot from these guys! Be it a bug or intentional or whatever, show some honour and respect your customers!
posted on May 03, 2011, 5:17 AM 1
2. Fanboys Suck
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Why is it that they are calling it a "bug"... a bug would indicate that it was 100% unintentional and an error in the software... "...it's a bug, you know? we don't mean to track you, it just happens..." WTF? Apple's word games are ridiculous...
posted on May 02, 2011, 1:53 PM 5
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You two realize android is being sued over tracking people as well right?
posted on May 02, 2011, 3:55 PM 3
If you have a new iphone do you need to wait until after the update to Jailbreak the iphone 4? Just curious how that works.
posted on May 02, 2011, 4:31 PM 0
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