Originally Posted by el3ktro
There's "shit going on behind the scenes"? Like what? Can you elaborate on that?
Tallest Skil and I may have different pain points, not sure. Myself, it's not just the visible stuff that I find unacceptable (that part is grossly unacceptable, but I feel like Apple will probably get that taken care of in a reasonable way eventually; from the sounds of the couple previous posts, perhaps as early as the next OS release).
But unless you're running wireshark or some other network sniffing tool, or unless you run some kind of network filter like Little Snitch, you have absolutely no idea what kind of information is being transmitted back to various "mother ships", especially over cellular networks because you have no way to insert any protection between your device and the internet. GatorGuy's link above ( http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-05-18/facebook-sued-for-15-billion-in-suit-over-user-tracking.html ) shows that companies like Facebook are absolutely not to be trusted. (Google is even worse, but being on the bad side of Apple they are less likely to have hooks into iOS users over time). These companies have thousands of developers working on ways to track you, and some of these methods don't require you to be signed into anything.
Much of this is already happening when you browse the net on your standard OSX (or Windows) machines. Think about how a FB "like button" works. You don't have to be signed into anything, merely visiting a web site that has one of those buttons sends valuable information about you to Facebook, including your IP address, which is often used along with other information to attach you to a unique profile. On a desktop machine there are many options to disable that tracking. On iOS however, unless you are jailbroken and buy something like Firewall IP, you have no way at all to block that kind of "spyware". And you have no idea when it's happening, nor what kind of information is being transmitted. Apple has some safeguards in place, but only for the most obvious and obnoxious kind of tracking, like real-time location.
If people want to enable these "social tracking tools", then that's reasonable, as long as it's on an opt-in basis and as long as it's all made transparent (wishful thinking!), but there needs to be a way for users of iOS devices to be comfortable knowing that by merely using their device they are not being secretly tracked and profiled by various corporations, especially those with an obvious profit motive for doing so. By integrating any part of Facebook into the OS, it becomes more likely that will be happening, either with or without the users' explicit permission.
Few people seem to have any clue about this stuff, it's pretty sad.