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iPhone Users Sue Apple for Location Tracking

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iPhone location tracking AppleCUPERTINO, USA – Apple has finally issued a response to the controversy surrounding the rumors that the iPhone might be tracking and sending back location information.

The response states that the company is not tracking the location of the phone. What the phone does is that it maintains a database of nearby Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers so that it can reduce the time taken to secure a GPS lock.

Evidently a “bug” in the operating system allowed some of that data to remain on the device for much longer than required. Some of this data is shared with Apple anonymously to aid in providing crowd-sourced traffic information.

Apple intends to fix this bug in an upcoming update which will restrict this data to a maximum of 7 days. Meanwhile, two users of the iPhone from USA have filed a lawsuit against Apple over the iOS location tracking file. Attorney Aaron Mayer stated that his clients had never consented to allow Apple access to their location information and demanded a full refund on their purchase – customers who are intimidated by this case can always purchase an iPhone 4 from Amazon.

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By , International Correspondent on Apr 28th, 2011 GMT +2

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