Threatpost Spotlight: Smartphone Tracking

Threatpost Spotlight: Smartphone Tracking

By: Threatpost
Published: May 2011

If you have a smart phone, the chances are that you just love the convenience of the thing. When you’re lost, your phone – by now GPS enabled - can bring up Google Maps or some other program and tell you where you are and how to get where you’re going. In a strange city? Applications like Yelp will tell you about cool restaurants and stores nearby while Facebook and Twitter let you keep in touch with your followers.  But all those features come at a cost, we’re now learning. A recent analysis of iPhone backup data, presented at the Where 2.0 Conference in San Francisco, called attention to a little-known feature that records the movement of iPhones as they check into cellular network towers and Wi-Fi hotspots, storing reams of that data on the phone itself.

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