Why Is Your iPhone or iPad Spying On You?

The fact that the iPhone or iPad are should not come as a surprise to anyone. Services like , mapping apps, and turn-by-turn navigation all rely on that functionality. But, the world does seem to be shocked by the privacy implications of the revelation that Apple is for anyone to access.

The type of and iPads is not any different than the sort of location logging that is already done by the wireless provider. There is a reason that characters always toss or destroy their cell phone when trying to evade law enforcement in thrillers.

Andrew Storms, director of security operations for , claims, "Apple has made it not just possible, but relatively easy, for almost anyone with access to your iOS device to get detailed information about where you have been, without your consent or knowledge."

There is a lot of debate over Apple's secretive, walled-garden approach to providing a mobile user experience. It certainly seems to have its advantages--especially as compared to the "open" approach of Google's Android OS, and the that have plagued it recently. But, maybe users need more security and privacy protection from Apple rather than by Apple.

The security the location tracking data--Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden--state, "We're not sure why Apple is gathering this data, but it's clearly intentional, as the database is being restored across backups, and even device migrations."

They go on to explain that there is nothing to indicate that the data is being transmitted to Apple. However, Apple already has based on how apps access and share personal data, so it doesn't take a huge leap of logic to jump to the conclusion that there might be a back door or grand plan for what to do with this location data as well at some point.