Today we are talking about the fallout from the research reported on April 20 at the Where 2.0 conference that Apple iPhones and iPads keep detailed logs of their locations, and that this information is potentially viewable by Apple, the police, or hackers.
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Since that story broke, it's been revealed that Google Android and Microsoft Windows 7 phones also log user location as well. In a related development, GPS maker TomTom was revealed to be sending location and speed data to police departments to enable them to install red-light cameras where they'll be most effective. That wouldn't be so bad, perhaps, if TomTom didn't also sell its users GPS map updates that included the locations of those cameras.
So location recording is in the news, and that's what we're talking about today. What's recording your data, why devices need this information, who's getting it, why you might care, and what you can do about it if you do.
Our guests are: Declan McCullagh
, who's been reporting on this issue for CNET News. Ted Morgan
, CEO of Skyhook Wireless
. Ted's company is in the very business of determining location data on mobile devices, and his technology has been used by many manufacturers.
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