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Apple releases location logging patch

Apple releases location logging patch

The new version of iOS now allows you to completely delete your location database cache.

Apple has released a new version of its iOS operating system, which fixes various issues surrounding the logging of location data.

Version 4.3.3 of iOS includes significant changes to Apple's crowd-sourced location database cache, which is used to aid devices such as the iPhone when obtaining a quick position-fix.

A part of the issue was that the cache stored location data for up to a year. However, Apple states that the cache will now be deleted entirely when a device's 'Location Services' option is turned off, providing you're using the new version of the OS.

Apple has also reduced the size of the cache, which logs the location of mobile phone masts and WiFi hotspots in the vicinity of the phone to aid positioning.

As we previously reported, this method has been used on most other GPS-enabled mobile phones for years. However, the data on Apple's devices can be extracted and used to work out the rough location of a phone at specific times.

Despite Apple saying it would take several weeks to address the issue, the company has turned around a patch just seven days after admitting there were issues that needed addressing.

The company has also announced plans to encrypt the location data on its devices. The lack of encryption enabled users to extract location data and display it in position-form on maps, leading to last month's outcry regarding user privacy.

Have you extracted the location data from your iPhone? How often do you use features that employ the GPS features? Let us know in the forums.

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proxess 5th May 2011, 14:05 Quote
They don't need it anymore. Osama is dead.
coolius 5th May 2011, 14:52 Quote
I think they would've found Osama years ago if he had an iPhone.
Unknownsock 5th May 2011, 14:54 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by proxess
They don't need it anymore. Osama is dead.

But is he really!?
Lance 5th May 2011, 16:12 Quote
Great, so JUST IN CASE my girlfriend goes crazy and wants to know exactly where I've been my location service will now be slower if I haven't been there for a year.

This is after she's stolen my phone and given it to a programmer. OMG she might now know what pubs I go to after work.

I suppose this could have been a problem if you were James Bond infiltrating Apple secretly.

People need to calm down about security on their devices or go back to using phonebooths. Man-up.
blackcell1 5th May 2011, 17:47 Quote
man-up and be tracked by apple ? theirs one simple way of avoiding apple tracking you... dont buy an iphone!!
PingCrosby 5th May 2011, 20:59 Quote
I know some lumberjacks who could do with some logging patches....they're addicted to tree felling.
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