Guess who's silently recording your movements? Charles Arthur of The Guardian broke the story that Apple's iPhone is keeping track of where you've been in a secret file:
"Apple has made it possible for almost anybody – a jealous spouse, a private detective – with access to your phone or computer to get detailed information about where you've been," said Pete Warden, one of the researchers.
Only the iPhone records the user's location in this way, say Warden and Alasdair Allan, the data scientists who discovered the file and are presenting their findings at the Where 2.0 conference in San Francisco on Wednesday. "Alasdair has looked for similar tracking code in [Google's] Android phones and couldn't find any," said Warden. "We haven't come across any instances of other phone manufacturers doing this."
Apple as Big Brother? Say it ain't so, Steve. And while we're at it, may we remind all you Apple fanboys of the company's iconic 1984 Apple Macintosh Commercial?Update 4/22/11: Seems like Android does it too.