Monday, May 05, 2014

Your iPhone gathers a lot more of your location data than you thought — here's how to disable it...

A huge tip of the hat to BuzzFeed for pointing out that your iPhone gathers a lot more location data than you may have originally thought.

It's a setting called "Frequent Locations"; as you go about your daily routine, your iPhone makes note of where you are and how long you're there. When it starts detecting patterns, it marks the spot as one such "frequent location." It (rather accurately) assumes workplace location based on where you are during the day and your house address based on where you are at night, and it tracks various repeated locations regardless of time: friends' houses, favorite restaurants and the like.

The word from Apple is that "this data is kept solely on your device and won't be sent to Apple without your consent. It will be used to provide you with personalized services, such as predictive traffic routing."

Here's how to see what your iPhone has identified as your frequent locations, as well as how to disable it. Full story...

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