Apple Releases iPhone Software Update

In response to concern over the collection of location data, Apple released a software update for mobile devices, available through iTunes. The update will limit the storage of location data to one week, stop the transfer of location data when the device is synced, and erase all location data from a device if a user turns off Location Services. Location data stored on the device will also now be encrypted. The recent changes were sparked by a research paper which revealed that Apple was routinely storing tracking data on Apple iPhones and iPads in a secret file "consolidated.db.". EPIC has commended Apple for moving quickly to address this problem. Last year EPIC warned Congress about the need to update federal privacy laws to address privacy risks with the collection of location data. For more information, see EPIC: iPhone and Privacy and EPIC: Locational Privacy.

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