iPhone 4 tracks users’ movements


iPhone tracker


iPhones 4 devices have been found to secretly track  their owners movements and to record them on the phone. This data can then be traced on a map. How come this “feature” was never divulged or advertised? More Big Brother tactics.

Apple iPhones and 3G iPads are secretly recording and storing details of all their owners’ movements, researchers claim.

Location data is kept in a hidden, unencrypted file according to security experts Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden.

With the right software, it can be used to map exactly where a person has been.

Apple has yet to comment on the revelation, however there in no suggestion that it has been uploading or using the information.

The findings, first reported by the Guardian newspaper, will come as a surprise to most iPhone users, as their devices do not give any visual indication that such data is being recorded.

However, although the practice is not explicitly flagged-up, it appears to be covered in the company’s terms of use.

“We may collect information such as occupation, language, zip code, area code, unique device identifier, location, and the time zone where an Apple product is used so that we can better understand customer behaviour and improve our products, services, and advertising”

Clearly intentional

Writing on the technology website O’Reilly Radar, Mr Allan and Mr Warden said they did not know why iPhones and iPads were collecting location information but it was “clearly intentional”.

The men claim that the facility to record users’ positions was added with the iOS4 software update, released in June 2010.

The data is also transferred to the owner’s computer and stored in a file there each time the two devices are connected to carry-out a backup or synchronisation.

Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at security firm Sophos, told BBC News that it was unlikely Apple planned to use the information for commercial purposes.

“I think there are some legitimate privacy concerns and people will probably look for a way of obscuring that data,” he said.

“But it is an object lesson about reading the terms and conditions,” he added.

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I have Facebook. I use it quite often. But every time they ask for my number, I just go to another site. Cause I have no phone.

But who's stupid enough to put their phone number on Facebook anyways?

…Oops, I didn't mean to call my sister stupid. (But she is, anyways)

Now, while my friends are happy having smartphones and that, I'm happy having an MP4, GameBoy Advance and my hundreds books. Although I am still a teen, I'd say kids these days need to rediscover the joys of reading. And books are cheaper than any smartphones.

This is really crazy! They say that they won't use it for commercial purposes, shouldn't a light bulb come on in EVERYONE'S head asking them selves then what is the purpose of their being a tracker? Just like when you create an account online i even have the habit of just checking the terms of use without actually reading the terms and conditions. And it's a dog eat dog world they don't care about us!

A Boost Mobile is all I need. It's simple. Only an idiot would spend all that money on an iphone and then they make a new iphone every 3 months so you're never keeping up. Everyday technology speeds up faster and faster

damn hope they is not keeping tabs on my pager 🙁

Makes me question why I used to keep an online diary/blog, like livejournal.

How stupid…now anyone that can view that can see directly into my head.

I never used my real name or my location, but if they can link it back to you any way what does that matter?

It seems that the Government want us to be either one of two things: * dependent on them, which is why benefit scroungers are encouraged as are criminals. They are dependent on the government and on the system for money/housing. * hard working people who they can tax the hell out of I know this doesn't specifically have anything to do with the tracking device but heaven forbid if someone wants to make something of themselves LEGITIMATELY and LEGALLY. I just finished reading a book about what is down to our foods, everything from chicken to bananas to salad. I really thought this century everything everyone has fought for would stand. We have a lot and I thank everyone that died to give that to us, but the powers that be have only become more covert and subtle in trying to get at us and our freedoms are slowly being… Read more »
Well. Vigilant citizen asks for your email address for you to comment on his articles. Everybody has terms & conditions. If you think using a landline is better think again. Your address is in the phonebook. Type someone's landline number in the white pages online & you can easily find their address. Same difference. It's about how we use the technology that counts. Instead of trying to avoid using the technology, use it to keep people informed about The Agenda like VC is doing. Instead of tweeting about mundane stuff let's use Fb & twitter to spread the truth. So they know that we are aware of what's happening. Whatever happened to writing complaints? Why try to figure out a way to block the tracking on the phone. Let's all write to apple and inform them about our dissatisfaction with their products. The thing is people don't complain anymore. We… Read more »

Why is it that this generation is all about tracking people down? Google tracks everything we do online. Thats how they come up with ads. Many new cars also have similar feature. Now all passports and driver's licenses will also have rfi chip. What is the use of all this?

The point is for them to track us down so that when someone wise and smart makes a website like VC they can track them down. And also so that when they try to give us the chip it won't be a big deal to people because they technically already have taken many chips when they buy phones,computers etc….

It's more than just the phones guys. Your camera records the location of every picture you take, your subway card tracks your location. Your passport has an RFID in it. I have an iphone, it is indispensable to me. At the present I am moving for work just about every month all over the states and the world. I am driving from city to city, coast to coast. Some of these cities are dangerous, and I need the GPS, the ability to search for the nearest pharmacy, store, etc. When you are new to a dangerous place, having that measure of safety is important, especially as a woman with kids. Skype and FB are the only way I can see my family. I freaked when I first realized any camera has GPS tracking and shows you the coordinates of every picture you take. Tracking chips are on everything, from mascara… Read more »

thumbs up for not having an iphone no matter how cheap they get…woohoo

And just another question while I'm at it. WHY?!?!?!?

Why track our movements and conversations and things?

It's about power. It's about control. They want to have an eye on us all, in case any of us decides to rise up against them. But it's mostly a matter of principle. They want to be our masters, make us their cattle.

Ya, you're right… What a messed up world! It makes me sick. Makes me not want to bring children into this world.

At least we're not blind to it though. On the other hand there are millions of people just following

like sheep being led to the slaughter.

You SHOULD be bringing children into the world; educated, enlightened children who can lead the way forward. Its people like you that SHOULD be reproducing!

Wow! What do we do here then because that just means that whatever we use, be it computer, phone, tv etc… its being tracked!!!!!!!!

Have to move to some rural place to escape all of this!

It's scary…

All mobile phones can be traced, it's the SIM Card that does the work. You may disable the location service on the iPhone to stop the monitor on your movements but as long as your sim card is with you, at just a click of a button the location of that sim card will appear…

Verizon Wireless android phones also do this as well. They have the bing map apps and whether you turn it on or off you still can be tracked with your movements..very creepy i founf that out about a month ago when using mines. Now i know why they had that big a** red eye in the screen on the advertisements for the droid phones. They can see you or know where you are whether it be the double facing cameras or the GPS system for the map. I give it about 10 yeas before the elite openly show the,selves or fake their end of the world alien attack/Jesus return but its fine..beleive in God have faith and beleive in him no matter what and you will be fine. and Vigilant could you do an article on how their taking christianity out of everything if you have not already

Perhaps I AM paranoid; but this seems like the place if ever there was one to relate this. I bought a GPS device awhile back to help with night driving while traveling. I have never been a huge fan of them due to the whole tracking issue, as it is their complete and state purpose. But I capitulated, weighing that losing myself at midnight in a dark foreboding neighborhood was not on my priority list at this time. Maybe later. I've had a few problems with this device in the 1 1/2 years that I've owned it. Along with several other things, I think it was a attacked by some virus as a result of downloading directions from the BING search site. Lately, the device has not been receiving power from its car adapter cable. I am beginning to think the device and/or its necessary accessories are not the best… Read more »

For those wishing to "delete" facebook, you cannot.

However, before deleting, you may want to change all the data, delete all friends, and posts etc. The account will be saved as is when you "delete" it, and hopefully in future give them an erroneous view of who you are.


they still know what was there before..there is a database that will still save everything you do. It would just take longer for them to recover it if you happened to be of high interest to the government which we probably all are for being on this site.

Yes all high technology devices make it easier for big brother to track you, follow your movements, and watch you have cereal in the morning. Thats why I never bought into any of this ''apple'' ''Steve jobs'' big brother, hyper city rubbish. Steve jobs in some peoples eyes is equivalent to a r****t or murderer. Hes definitely has blood on his hands. People should also know that whenever your workplace gives you any phone/laptop/Ipad etc to use that is embedded with tracking technology, many even have recording devices. Watch out because in this 21st century the battle is on who can win your hearts and minds. I think that they realized creating a two dimensional extreme bipolarity didn't work after the cold war so now its multiple forces charging at us every single day.

Wow! I don't like that one bit. Its no surprise companies make the excuse that they are using our info to gather to make and sell more products. The only thing is they receive our info which means we have no privacy. so many people are on this 'iphone/ipad/ipod kick so to feel good about having a 'quality product but the schemes behind it is devastating.

can't they all be tracked technically? just saying!

cell phones that is.

Absolutely they can. This is false panic, created to make people think only IPhones are traceable.

i agree, my friend.

Yes, they can be tracked, and at all times.

Probably the biggest issue with this is that it would seem that they're tracking us ALL THE TIME and are forcing us to keep the data on hand at all times.

Like I said, FOR now it appears to be just there. But at some point soon (maybe even now…as I said, it APPEARS…) they'll use the tracking for advertising and will be allowed to hand it to the authorities when they ask for it. And don't be surprised if it becomes mandatory – already we've found out it's in Android and Windows 7 phones as well.

new link relating to other pending patents by apple http://gawker.com/#!5795442/apple-patent-reveals-… utilizing and economizing location record. … But Apple's patent application makes it seem highly unlikely the location gathering is due to a bug. Indeed, the company outlines big plans for the troves of data it has quietly created. Apple includes an illustration of a mapping app called simply "Location History" which very much resembles the "iPhone Tracker" application expressly designed to raise alarm bells about all the data being collected (see figure 3A and 3B in the PDF embedded below, page 4-5). The patent also spells out how the location database could be "correlated or related" to other personal information, including "but not limited to: Data associated with a picture taking event, data associated with a financial transaction, sensor output data, data associated with a communication event (e.g. receipt of a phone call or instant message), data associated with a… Read more »

I hope they like my prawn selection and dirty texts. That's about all the net and phones are for me. If they want to follow me to the gentleman's club or adult toy stores, then the more the merrier. That's where my money's goes anyway. And to charitable organizations of course 🙂

"this “exif” data was revealing GPS coordinates in their photos, and did not make clear to customers that in that case, this CAN be turned OFF."

There's a free program named JHEAD which will remove ALL exif data:

www (dot) sentex (dot) net/~mwandel/jhead/

Assuming you don't allow your DUMBphone to auto-upload your photos to websites.

buy a pre-paid, simple phone without a camera, with a removable battery. you only slip the battery in when you use the phone and remove it afterwards. avoid smartphones, stick with the simple phones with removable batteries.

They dont like it if we learn to much about their "Secret Society" so they try to anything they can to stop some one from spreading the information. The Apps probably have like a spy device to where the government can see into your to get a "better look" at surroundings.

Remote brainwave tracking coming soon, under the guise of entertainment.

As a good friend of mine once said, if you're worried about these sorts of things, stay away from GPS.

well,there's a way to make apple stop this madness.you guys czn jailbreak your phone and disable the tracking system.you can google it

Damn. Even my goddamn phone!!! DAMN! When in the world will all of this end. Good lord, I be glad when jesus comes back to save us, good lord

I hope people find out how to hack this so the iphone doesn't track you anymore. iPhone is very useful, sadly.

Anything you carry that's linked to a satellite can be tracked down if need be. If they want to find you, they will bloody well find you. Any type of cellphone = A leash around your neck.

y cant they just tell us they want to spy on us

the mark of the beast is when a person turns 18 they are able to make legal contracts and business. can’t buy or sell without the mark of the beast 6+6+6=18

Zombie toys.

I feel like I had to share it with you guys.


Android does it too..

Thanks to ALL.

I don't usually comment on this site but I love reading it. As someone who really knows this subject, I had to just comment to clear it up. In a nut shell consolidated.db acts as a cache for location data, and that historical data should be getting culled but isn’t, either due to a bug or, more likely, an oversight. I.e. someone wrote the code to cache location data but never wrote code to cull non-recent entries from the cache, so that a database that’s meant to serve as a cache of your recent location data is instead a persistent log of your location history. Now I get this will be a little "too convenient" but this was found back in December 2010 and isn't exactly breaking news. Now the iPhone has been probed by forensic experts ever since the retail launch of the iPhone 4 back in June of… Read more »

*hint* google Post-capitalism

Last I heard, the sign of the beast wasn't a sign of belonging (like the Swastika or the Hammer and Sickle) but a signal that it was okay to buy from or sell to the person wearing the symbol.

Sounds to me like we're talking a Capitalist or Feudal (Government as a Private Enterprise, probably banking) system.

the mark of the beast is when a person turns 18 they are able to make legal contracts and business. can’t buy or sell without the mark of the beast 6+6+6=18

"The “six” in the mark of the beast has broader connotations, and may allude to the number of ciphers in a personalised derivative of the number of his name, which will be received subcutaneously in the right hand or forehead by all who subjugate themselves to, sell their souls to, and worship the man that exemplifies the global e-commerce in end-times. UPC bar codes on modern products were invented by George J. Laurer who was an employee of the Rothschild backed IBM firm, which, via its subsidiaries, used IBM’s Hollerith punch card technology to automate Nazi persecution of Jews during WWII. IBM/Hollerith punch card technology automated destruction of the Jews all the way through from their identification in European censuses, registrations, and Nazi ancestral tracing programs to arranging railroad transportation for them to the various processing points in the concentration camps and organization of their work in those places". In… Read more »

Then explain the "Six hundred, three score and six" way of putting things across. Sounds like there was a specific reason for the "6X100, 3X20, 6" instead of the usual "6X100, 6X10, 6."

And then there's the "616" as recorded in the older texts.

Carbon-12 is the more abundant of the two stable isotopes of the element carbon, accounting for 98.89% of carbon; it contains 6 protons, 6 neutrons, and 6 electrons. we are carbon life forms, our physical bodies are of the devil. the only way to escape this plane of existence is to undo the fall of adam and eve. adam and eve fell when satan taught them sex magick thats why they noticed they were naked and covered themselves. when you have sex you have to try not to enjoy it and never spill the cup of hermes, never reach orgasm and spill semen. this is an extreme way to fight temptation and you will awaken you kundalini and will be illuminated and finally leave this universe. otherwise you will die and the angels of the devil will come down and strip your soul of its memories and you will be… Read more »

Through the practice of virtuous moral conduct, denial, and meditation, the dormant faculty of intuition can awaken man's higher spiritual sense, which once awakend evolves his understanding, so that 'his' eyes are opened, and he is able to discern knowledge which is edifying to his spiritual nature, from knowledge which leads to corruptive death of his spiritual nature, and thereby his soul.

Wisely he transcends his fleshy carnal nature to become one with the eternal cosmic nature, called Maat, by the ancient Egyptians, to arrive at an exalted state of being.

Nothing to worry about here folks, Apple is just trying to bring us better products, they wont give this information to anybody else, it is purely for research purposes.

Now QUICK! Look over here! Charlie Sheen is…..

"The system we learn says were equal under law

But the streets are reality, the weak and poor will fall

Lets tip the power balance and tear down their crown

Educate the masses, well burn the white house down"

see right here they teach you to hate capitalism, what is a utopian system that will distribute the power oh yeah, communism. but they wont call it communism they will call it …………. you'll have to live through it to find out.

They've given me a mission I don't really know the game yet Im bent on submission Religion is to blame Im the new messiah Death angel with a gun Dangerous in my silence Deadly to my cause Speak to me the pain you feel Speak the word The word is all of us Ive given my life to become what I am To preach the new beginning To make you understand To reach some point of order Utopia in mind, youve got to learn To sacrifice, to leave what's now behind Speak to me the pain you feel Speak the word The word is all of us Speak the word The word is all of us Seven years of power The corporation claw The rich control the government, the media the law To make some kind of difference Then everyone must know Eradicate the fascists, revolution will grow The system… Read more »
"The Book of the Law. This tome spoke of a race of supermen and condemned the traditional Judeo-Christian religions, pacifism, democracy, compassion and humanitarianism. “Let my servants be few and secret: they shall rule the many and the known,” the communicator revealed. The message continued: “We have nothing with the outcast and the unfit; let them die in their misery. For they feel not. Compassion is the vice of kings; stamp down the wretched and the weak: this is the law of the strong: this is our law and the joy of the world. … Love one another with burning hearts; on the low men trample in the fierce lust of your pride, in the day of your wrath. … Pity not the fallen! I never knew them. I am not for them. I console not; I hate the consoled and the consoler. … I am unique and conqueror. I… Read more »

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odnoha0gvfE&w=480&…

soundtrack to the new world ordah, cant wait for the new utopia!!! You guys are playing right into the hands of the illuminati. they want you to hate the government and revolt. its all part of the plan. And guesse what they are going to let you win! The new government installed by the "revolutionaries" will make a new constitution It will seem like you are freer than ever but you wont be only illusion.

Good call with Queensryche- It is neat to see in just about every genre, that we are to be exposed to "Empire"

"The term most generally refers to any indulgence or pleasure that is considered illegal or immoral and potentially dangerous or harmful, particularly relating to human sexuality. Eris, goddess of discord, throws among the guests at a wedding party, leading to the judgment of Paris (he has to choose whether Hera, Aphrodite, or Athena is the most beautiful) and ultimately to the Trojan War. You get the picture: apples may look good, but they're trouble. The apple has a lot to recommend it: red (blood) or golden (greed), round (fertility) and sweet-tasting (desire). Apple: Unlawful pleasure or enjoyment; illicit love. This expression alludes to Adam and Eve's violation of God's commandment not to touch fruit from the tree of knowledge, which resulted in their expulsion from the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:6). In the form forbidden fruit is sweet it appeared in numerous early English proverb collections. The tree of the… Read more »

Why does apple use the forbidden fruit as their logo…. oh yeah they are satanic

Eh…the apple as the forbidden fruit is more tradition, the Bible doesn't name the forbidden fruit.

THE FORBIDDEN FRUIT WAS SEX MAGICK Carbon-12 is the more abundant of the two stable isotopes of the element carbon, accounting for 98.89% of carbon; it contains 6 protons, 6 neutrons, and 6 electrons. we are carbon life forms, our physical bodies are of the devil. the only way to escape this plane of existence is to undo the fall of adam and eve. adam and eve fell when satan taught them sex magick thats why they noticed they were naked and covered themselves. when you have sex you have to try not to enjoy it and never spill the cup of hermes, never reach orgasm and spill semen. this is an extreme way to fight temptation and you will awaken you kundalini and will be illuminated and finally leave this universe. otherwise you will die and the angels of the devil will come down and strip your soul of… Read more »

Whoa scary is right! When I first brought my iPhone I was this is cool it does Everything! Fax, pic, voice changer. But it was until I found out there's an app to track ur period that I said wait a min, this phone knows more about me then I do. I stopped putting so much of my busIness in the phone. Kinda convenient but if I ever lost my phone everything about me would be obtainable. I call & surf the web that's it.

Go to Settings>Location Services>Off
Also to be extra safe: Settings>Push Notifications>Off

This is so scary, I have a blackberry, and I'm sad to admit I'm addicted to it! Its in my hand 247 I'm always on the internet. I was hesitant to make a fb, now I'm addicted to that. I would like to say the heck with it all delete my fb, and get rid of my phone…maybe I will..this is scary. Wonder what there agenda is behind this. Were getting closer to the end..

Theresa I agree, same here. And I also have a blackberry. I'm actually one of the guilty ones who feels "naked" or "lost" without their smart phone on them. lol But with that being said, I don't really let any of this stuff worry or bother me [anymore]. Now at the age of 22, I've been reading the Bible and taking an interest in it now than ever before. And each time I read it, especially the book of Revelations, it's A-MA-ZING how accurately it predicts today's world. Most occurrences, (ie. various earthquakes, wars, government corruption) are all stated, predicted, and confirmed along with the many other things to come. Sadly, the future of this Earth for mankind does not look very good, but I love how the Bible shows over and over again how God gets the final laugh in all of this evil that's still to come. "The… Read more »

Oh no. I thought I deleted it 2 years ago. I'm so p!ssed off now as I thought I got rid of the account on a permanent basis.

Oh, there is a way to delete your page, you just have to Google it to find the link that will take you to the facebook page that will allow you to delete it. But get this, you account will be SCHEDULED for deletion. You can't just click a link and get rid of your page forever. You will have to wait at least a week. It's f*****g retarded!

Lol its not "retarded" from their point of view. Im pretty sure they use that unnecessary week to gather all the personal information they need before they finally do away with your account.

Think about it. A google link just to delete your account? Why hide that information from users? Why not be able to delete on the spot right there on Facebook? It sure didnt take all of that to delete my Myspace account..

Jus sayin.

First of all, this is no secret. It's basically written on the box that the iPhone tracks the movement of the owner for improved location services.

Secondly, it can be turned off.

For all you techies out there: There is a way of scrambling, if not blocking entirely, the signal that iPhones transmit. Buying a GPS tracking blocker helps, but it really isn't that convenient. There is a loophole in the coding of iOs that will allow you "opt-out" out of it. Anyone familiar with the developer SDK will know what I am talking about. I propose that we, the awaken, get our heads together and crack this puzzle. The iPhone is capable of so much, we should take advantage of the untapped potential and use it for the greater good. The enemy's greatest weapons can turn into our greatest advantage.

No wonder why the battery SUCKS on the iPhone!! How can we disable this??

What's unfortunate is that I don't have/ want a cell phone, use only my land line still. But I can see the day when land lines will be gone and I will be FORCED to use a cell phone if I want to communicate with anyone.

its something behind everything. Flat screens that are compatible with the computers, kinect, xbox, ps3, phones soon, the microwave, stove and refrigerator will play parts in this as well, i wouldn't be surprised. Truth is, something's definitely up and I refused to believe it's all about what can be presented in court, those are just perks. I can see them persuading to polices and judges they can solve cases this way, but that's just the cover up. Don't know what it is but we can definitely see this happening but whats the real agenda?

I do not fully understandwhy you would say it is intentional and then use the Itunes Store terms and agreement?

Itunes Store is not a requirement of using an iphone and can be declined.

Additionally the terms governing the ITunes store does not supersede the Terms of the Itunes User license. This appears to be either Poor journalism, or another case of a journalist assuming no one will notice and trying to backup his store with false information.

Almost all wireless devices have a "Push List" that sends information.

A good example is the PS3 from Sony.