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Saturday, April 30, 2011

[A sticker!] Verizon's Solution to "Locationgate?

In light of Apple’s recent “locationgate” debacle, U.S telecoms network Verizon has taking it upon itself to warn customers when a handset sold could be capable of determining their geographic location. In fact, from this point onwards, all phones sold through Verizon will now contain the above sticker.
The sticker reads:
“This device is capable of determining its (and your) physical, geographical location and can associate this location data with other customer information. To limit access to location data by others please refer to the User Guide for location settings and be cautious when downloading, accessing or using applications and services.”
Apple has since responded to the location data issues surrounding its iPhone, stating that although this information is only being collected to build a “crowd-sourced traffic database”, the fact that a user’s location is being stored even with Location Services turned “Off” is an error, and as such, will be rectified in an upcoming software update.


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