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They're Watching You
Your iPhone or iPad knows where you've been - exactly. Security researchers have sounded the alarm about a secret file that stores longitude and latitude of the device, complete with a timestamp. The file winds up on any computer the device syncs with and is alarmingly unencrypted. That means anyone who steals or has access to your computer (say, a jealous spouse or CIA agent) can virtually track your movements. People are crying serious personal privacy foul and demanding answers from the notoriously tight-lipped company. Senator Al Franken and Representative Ed Markey called on Steve Jobs to clarify the purpose of the file, while several European nations are investigating whether the stored data violates privacy laws. Researchers Pete Warden and Alasdair Allan point out that, while many cell phone companies have use tracking, the culled information is protected behind a firewall and would require a court order to access.
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