Apple Shares with Its Partners The Geolocation of IPhone and IPad Users

Alarms are tenor of the changes in the terms of the privacy policy of Cupertino, which we must accept without question being forced to allow that Apple and an undetermined number of partners and licensees may collect information from users based on geolocation data requested by some applications.

It seems that Apple intends to deal with Google in all possible areas, including in the struggle by the pseudotitulo’s “ big brother ” which for so long has granted to the Mountain View due to the large amount of private data which hosts on its servers. While acolytes Jobs have already tried to tackle the controversy, arguing that they are completely anonymous data, the expert analysts indicate that some patterns of behaviour would serve to identify any user.

Applications such as the majority of existing Twitter clients for the iOS platform, as well as others as common as Google Maps or the newly released Find My iPhone make use of data concerning the movements of users and Apple devices.

Without going any further, yesterday put up the new iAd advertising platform with the release of iOS 4 for iPhone and iPod touch, which can also provide clear evidence of the ultimate purpose of the company to take advantage of the geographic situation of the user to advertise certain type of products and/or services.

To provide services based on geolocation in our product, Apple and our partners and licensees may collect, use and share location data accurate, including the geographic location of your computer or Apple device in real time. These data are collected anonymously so that it is does not personally identify the user and is used by Apple, our partners and licensees to provide and improve products and services based on the location of the subject.

However, the almost invisible border that limited the use of public data and the intrusion into the privacy of each individual is seen violently flanked from the moment that the new privacy policy does not indicate the type of data that can be shared between Apple and its partners and licensees, in addition to not specifying any paragraph by How long any of these reserves the right to maintain the stored information.

As much as the new platform for mobile devices allow deactivation of service location or the monitoring of applications that make use of this utility for user information, sometimes when we indicate our position via Twitter or Foursquare, just want to know where we are with our friends or acquaintances. Any other consideration is purely mercantilist and harmful against the privacy of the user. More if possible, with the obligation of acceptance of the norm of by means.