Ooops... I kind of started some thread derailment there... anyways... back on track...THESE ARE NOT THE DROIDS YOU ARE LOOKING FOR. MOVE ALONG...Apple denies tracking iPhone users, but promises changeshttp://www.pcworld.i...rs_promises_changes/
Apple today denied that it tracks iPhone and iPad users, saying that "users are confused" about the issue.
In a statement posted on its Web site, Apple defended the practice, but admitted that there were bugs in its software that would be fixed "in the next few weeks" with an update to iOS, the mobile operating system that powers the iPhone and iPad.
Ahem... I believe that I had it right the first time... These are not the droids you are looking for...
From the horse's mouth:http://www.apple.com...4/27location_qa.html
3. Why is my iPhone logging my location?
The iPhone is not logging your location. Rather, it’s maintaining a database of Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers around your current location
Huh? Then whence came the journey maps?
9. Does Apple currently provide any data collected from iPhones to third parties?
We provide anonymous crash logs from users that have opted in to third-party developers to help them debug their apps. Our iAds advertising system can use location as a factor in targeting ads. Location is not shared with any third party or ad unless the user explicitly approves giving the current location to the current ad (for example, to request the ad locate the Target store nearest them).
Their EULA says otherwise.
Spin. Spin. Spin.
It's possible that they are telling the truth. Remotely possible. But for a company with a consistent track record of treating their customers and developers with such utter contempt, I rather doubt it.
5. Can Apple locate me based on my geo-tagged Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower data?
No. This data is sent to Apple in an anonymous and encrypted form. Apple cannot identify the source of this data.
Nonsense. If they want to, they can. All phones have unique identifiers that are readily available and personally identifying
. Cell tower triangulation is accurate to within 100 m or so. Whether or not they use it is another matter. Can they? YES! Do they? I don't know. (It's encrypted anyways, so only Apple can know.) But saying they "cannot" is a black lie. Did they slip up and simply write that badly? Don't know. But it's still factually incorrect. (I'm nitpicking a bit, but Apple seems to like nitpicking. What's good for the goose and gander and all...)
I wish I knew the truth behind all of this.