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pokerfan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 06:13 PM
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Apple iPhone spying was no accident according to revealed patent applications
Edited on Mon Apr-25-11 06:16 PM by pokerfan
Interesting...

Ronald Huang, an Apple senior engineering manager, filed patent application 12/553,554 last month, "Location histories for location aware devices," which explains how Apple can amass and use location data in the very ways Apple critics fear. The patent application, for example, envisions a searchable map plotting the owner's location history; tying location to financial transactions; transmitting location data over the internet to remote servers; and many other uses.

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Apple Patent Reveals Extensive Stalking PlansThe patent makes it clear that Apple has been planning an extensive, rather than a very limited, location database. One section, 0032, even spells out using data compression to reduce the amount of storage needed to store repeated visits to the same location. Elsewhere in the patent application, for example in section 0004, Apple describes the possibility of managing the size and "freshness" of the database by pruning older entries. This is listed as a possibility "in some implementations" but no hard, specific cap on data collection is ever suggested.

Clearly, Apple sees big potential in exploiting the iPhone's ability to record our every move. Now it just needs to explain to its users how far this practice will be taken, and how much consent it will seek before building up movement dossiers and before using them in its own software. Its track record on disclosure thus far is not encouraging.

http://gawker.com/#!5795561/apple-patent-reveals-extens...
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Faryn Balyncd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 06:16 PM
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1. rotten apple
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Coyote_Bandit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 06:17 PM
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2. There's a solution for this:
don't buy or use an iphone or a ipad or a smartphone......

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buddysmellgood Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 06:29 PM
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3. or, one could suddenly change plans and go swimming when
they had planned to go shopping. Keep mixing it up, never take the same route home. This will prevent apple from knowing what you really are up to. (sarcasm)
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Jackpine Radical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 06:37 PM
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4. Mail your iPad around the country. Send it to someone in AK, have them forward it to
South America, then on to Asia, etc.
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pokerfan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 06:37 PM
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5. now that we know...
the consumer can make an informed decision.
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Keith Bee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 06:40 PM
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6. Steve Jobs is the Antichrist
I keep telling people, but no one believes me. :tinfoilhat:
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pokerfan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 06:51 PM
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7. lol
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arcane1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 06:59 PM
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8. "tying location to financial transactions"
Sounds like they're interested in information beyond what one's phone can provide? :Shrug:
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Angry Dragon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 07:02 PM
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9. Everybody needs to charge Apple $50/day
for the data they are generating for Apple.
They need to pay for the data, data is not free.........
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HysteryDiagnosis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 07:07 PM
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10. True true, they are copying your operating system so to speak. n/t
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