A famous incident regards the case of Apple …, where 3G Apple iOS devices were reported to store the location of their mobile users’ in unencrypted form for a period of over one year. This precise location information was stored without the knowledge of the users and was transmitted to the iTunes application during the synchronization of the device. According to Apple, the stored location information was not used to track the users but was attributed to a programming error which was later fixed with a software update.Google and Microsoft have also done similar things, as discussed in the paper. The vendors say the location information is not used to track users, but to improve the quality of their offerings (or is done by accident). Please discuss some of the privacy implications of these actions. In particular, assuming the companies are stating their intentions correctly, do you believe the recording and sending of location information is an invasion of privacy? Why or why not?
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