Steve Jobs admitted that Apple made mistakes in
how it handled location data on the iPad and iPhone, but claims the data was
not used to keep tabs on the whereabouts of customer. In the meantime Google
announced that it used Android phone location data anonymously and with user
consent to provide services to its users and did not announce any
changes. On the other hand, Apple will shortly provide a software update to
limit the location cache to no more that 7 days.
Marc Rotenberg (executive director of the
Electronic Privacy Information Center) was pleased that "Apple
acknowledged a mistake and they fixed it."
It's unlikely this is the end of the
controversy as surely some bad event will force governments do re-think
location data privacy issues.
Do you like the notion that Apple
and/or Google are tracking your location?