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Apple knows where you've been (through your iPhone)

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Apple knows where you've been (through your iPhone)

iPhoneImage Today, we're turning things over to our intern, Linda Cotrina: I recently stumbled onto some controversial information while browsing BuzzFeed and when I read through the piece, I was completely shocked. The article states that Apple (and perhaps even other phones) collects data "in order to learn places that are significant to you." It determines where you spend most of your daytime and labels that area as your "work". The same thing goes for your home address. Oh, and it also records the exact dates you were at these locations. I don't know about you, but this is all new information to me. So, like any curious person would, I followed the steps in the article to get to this information and needless to say, I was shocked. The earliest date and most visits recorded since March 10 th are of my home visits. When I clicked on what the software determined to be my home, it took me to the EXACT times I was at home up until March 28 th. Mind. Blown. I thought smartphones (or any phones for that matter), were suppose to be about communication and social interaction, not about keeping track of your day-to-day activities (Especially by third parties!). I mean that's what planners are for right? Whatever the reason, you might want to turn off those frequent location services if this information bothers you. In fact, Apple has made it easy to understand the Location Services feature on their support page, so be sure to check it out if you have concerns. Image courtesy of John Karakatsanis/FlickrCC
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