Originally Posted by Menno
Not sure that his response there helps much.
So they don't use the data.. people have discovered as much by looking at how that file was treated. But the phone IS tracking your data. So if they're not using it, it is (like I and others said initially) more than likely a bug. And the bug isn't "False" Whatever the meaning of that file, it clearly exists, and it's not just some site trying to make it up.
I agree that people are blowing it out of proportion, but Apple should officially respond to this. Not a short 1-2 sentence response either.
1) Generally speaking Id call it a bug, but more specifically Id say its an oversight.
2) Like everyone els, their lawyers write up these privacy policies. There is no evidence that consolidated.db is sent to Apple in any way, shape or form. That is what is false.
3) Its a silly notion to think that no data is sent to Apple or anyone else from your phone since its a connected device. Whether youre connecting to the carrier for a call or to website or a remote server from an app you are sending and receiving data. This shouldnt come as a surprise.
4) Its been noted its cell data, not your specific location. Its been noted other phones do it, too. The only unknown is why isnt consolidated.db being purged when the data isnt useful. For this reason, and this reason alone, I expect to get a formal answer and an iOS update to address the matter.
5) Personally I wish Jobs would stop with the emails to us plebs
. Its already caused issues when his terse replies have been used out of context. Let Apples PR and legal deal with these things.