There has been a lot of talk about the Apple privacy policy lately, so i took a look: http://www.apple.com/privacy/

Under the title “Collection and Use of Non-Personal Information” it states “We also collect non-personal information… We may collect, use, transfer, and disclose non-personal information for any purpose… We may collect information such as .. unique device identifier, location…”

So apple does not consider location personal information, or the devices UID. So a trace of a device and its movements is not personal information and that data is possibly transferred or disclosed to third parties.

There have been numerous reports showing how location data can be easily used to identify a user. If the dataset is large enough, it doesnt take long to spot patterns.

I wonder if people would be happy for such devices to be installed on their cars, with the number plate used as the UID. And that data was made available to third parties. I know i wouldn’t like it, and i can image the ways it would be abused quite easily.

Why apple do not allow users to op out of such information being collected is frustrating, and i dont even use a apple product.

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