Location Information Market & User Movements Tracking by iDevices & Android
|April 22, 2011||Posted by admin under iPhone News|
If your iPhone has been stolen, you should be careful after this research which claims that iPhones and iPads have a secret file that stores information about all the locations which the user visited. The recent research by British security researchers further claims that this information can be archived anytime. Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden, the researchers say that this position-logging feature is contained in iOS 4, the operating system for the iPhone and iPad, released in June.
Interesting thing is that Apple’s 15,000-word terms and conditions contains a clause which warns users that company may collect and share location data, though without identifying individual customers. But even then the US lawmakers want explanation from Apple on this.
On the other hand, Wall Street journal reports that Google’s Android smartphones regularly transmit their locations back to Google, but there’s been no reaction from lawmakers on this.
Security concerns are valid on consumer side, but the most important thing is grabbing market share which Apple and Google both are doing at their best. According to Gartner Inc., the location-information market is expected to rise to $8.3 billion in 2014 which is currently $2.9 billion. The location tracking feature in the smartphones is the backbone for this market and for sure neither Apple, nor Google will drop it!