Thursday April 21, 2011

You Already Agreed To Be Tracked

Andrew Munchbach at BGR does some good digging into services terms for all kinds of carriers and device makers. TL;DR - By using any of these devices you give them permission to track you without exception. I’m curious how these terms would hold up if pressed in court. What makes Apple’s case so odd is why they are dumping the locations into a simple long-running log file.

My records go back to May 2010. Although I may beg to differ, I can understand how Apple would reason that they should keep long term records of user activites. Companies argue that all the time. But why store it perpetually on the phone? Why not truncate it after, say, a month?