Apple iPhone 4 and iPad 3G Storing Your Location Information

Posted Apr 20, 2011

There is a hidden file on the Apple iPhone 4 and the iPad 3G that is storing your location information. This hidden file was discovered by computer programmers Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden. They presented the location storage files at the Where 2.0 conference in San Francisco.

The location storage file is called consolidated.db. This database file stores the GPS data on 3G enabled devices and regularly updates itself with the location of the iOS device owner.

?The presence of this data on your iPhone, your iPad, and your backups has security and privacy implications,” stated Allan. The two contacted Apple’s product security team but they have not heard back yet.

The two programmers built an application that you can download to see what data has been collected from their iOS device. The two is warning people not to panic because Apple does not detail how they plan to use or not use this information.

The location information of every cell phone user is generally stored, but releasing the information can only be done through a judge’s approval. The problem in Apple’s case is that this file is unencrypted on iOS devices and can be made visible.

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