Earlier today Pete Warden and Alasdair Allan revealed at the Where 2.0 conference that the iPhone keeps track of where it is. They’ve also released iPhone Tracker, an application that maps the information that your iPhone is recording about your movements.
I don’t really know what to make of this. On the one hand i’m much more concerned about my mobile network operator keeping records of where i’ve been than my personal device (see also: tell-all telephone).
On the other hand, getting that data from my network provider at least requires a subpoena or something, while getting the data off my phone just requires physical access. So between stories of men GPS-stalking their ex-partners and the police cloning your phone at traffic stops, there’s obviously a lot of potential for abuse here. Of course there are plenty of ways to location-stalk people these days, some of them more voluntary, others less voluntary and more incidental. Maybe it’s just time to realize that to enjoy the perks of a modern life, with new communication technologies and all, means giving up this particular bit of privacy.