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Apple Sued Over iPad and iPhone Location Tracking

A lawsuit has been filed against Apple in the ongoing dust-up over its alleged tracking of the whereabouts of users of iPhones and iPads. According to report by Bloomberg two iPhone customers from Tampa, Florida has filled lawsuit against Apple.

While the location tracking file was discovered some time ago, it didn’t get much coverage until the Guardian published a piece about it last week. For some unknown reason, GPS-enabled iOS devices such as 3G iPad 1/2 and iPhone save the location of their owner on a regular basis, in a file stored on the device, and saved by iTunes each time the device is plugged into a Mac or a PC.

Earlier today, Steve Jobs responded to a customer’s email saying Apple doesn’t track anyone, but Google’s Android system does.

Q: Steve,
Could you please explain the necessity of the passive location-tracking tool embedded in my iPhone? It’s kind of unnerving knowing that my exact location is being recorded at all times. Maybe you could shed some light on this for me before I switch to a Droid. They don’t track me.

A: Oh yes they do. We don’t track anyone. The info circulating around is false.
Sent from my iPhone

Unfortunately this is the kind of madness that lawyers like to get behind, and it’s only a matter of time before a jobs-worth politician joins in.

Steve Jobs has said the company’s software doesn’t keep track of your recent locations, however.

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