Originally Posted by dasanman69
Google does it and its "BLOODY MURDER!!!" Apple does it and "Its ok" I do not want ANYONE, no how, no why to track me. There should've been a way to turn it off.
Oh, boo-hoo. Don't want anyone to track you? Don't carry any smartphone with a GPS radio. You know that if they set their minds to it, the police can track anyone with a GPS signal? They just need to tune in from the head end. Want to use social media? GPS.
I didn't give a damn about the google location "scandals" either, so where does that leave you?
What's more, location data doesn't require a warrant. It's not, in the opinion of several court decisions, something for which the cops need to go to a judge for. They go to the "police AT&T or Verizon website" and get as much data as they want. Where you were at what time, when you made calls, to what number and so on. So if you told them you were across town, they gotcha. "Well, sir, your cell phone was right next to the crime scene five minutes before."
Now, a) encrypt your backups. This will make the copy on your computer unreadable. b) don't jailbreak. It would require access to the root directory to read from this file, and an app that doesn't exist -- and won't -- on the App Store. There. "Problem" solved.
Some prior location data is necessary to keep. Why? You start up a program that requires GPS data. It opens, asks you if that's okay to turn on GPS. You say yes, but you're still in the parking garage. The app will crash (by design) if you keep on searching for the satellite for long. So to get you started, the app goes to "prior locations" and puts you at the last fix the towers have for you. When you go out the parking exit, the GPS takes over. There's an API to deal with this data, and there has to be.
I would like Apple to clarify what they were doing, though.