I just saw the news today (CNN) that my iPhone has been surreptitiously tracking my every move for the past 10 months. My primary reaction is intrigue. See, I don’t have anything to hide and if my wife felt like tracking my past history, I guess she might find out that I snuck a Starbucks coffee that time she asked me to pick up some groceries but that would be about it. But many people are freaking out, especially since they’re finding out about this 10 months after the data is already stored on devices.
We have an acquaintance who suspected his wife was up to no good and stuck a GPS tracking device on her car. As anticipated, he soon found out what she was up to and confronted her along with the other dude’s wife (who denied her husband would do that ironically). Anyway, now, you no longer have to go to the trouble to hiring a PI or installing crazy equipment on your wife’s car. I bet a lot of Apple-loving spouses are checking on each others’ whereabouts over the past 10 months as we speak. Just like we saw lawsuits from the elderly who were suing Pfizer when Viagra came out and their husbands went off cheating, I wonder if there will be lawsuits from iPhone users who say their spouses are divorcing them because their iPhone enabled this invasion of privacy that they would have enjoyed otherwise.
Could Data Exonerate You From a Crime?
Here’s a positive benefit I haven’t seen anywhere on the web and I’m taking full credit for it. Just like we have DNA evidence and witness testimony which often frees up a suspect or convicted felon, imagine if this data could be used to prove someone wasn’t where they were accused of being at a particular time? Let’s face it, people are wrongfully convicted occasionally, and if all else fails, perhaps a 10 month history of their whereabouts might overturn a conviction where an eyewitness wrongfully identified the wrong person.
What the Heck Was I Doing Last Week?
The most practical application for me (which I can’t wait to check out with this free download file) is to figure out what the heck I was doing or where I was recently since my memory is so bad. Without boring you with the details of my personal life, I routinely run into a situation where I’d love to recall where I was or what I was doing on a particular day but I have a horrible memory when it comes to certain things – primarily, peoples’ names, instructions my wife just shouted and what I did yesterday. Of course, check out this cheapest iphone plan info as well if this doesn’t deter you.
This is kind of a cool tool that’s neat for my personal use but I really just use it for email and iPhone business apps and such. Admittedly, it would be a little creepy if someone else could access my history or a stalker got ahold of yours. But for now, it’s not even clear why it’s being collected. Apple has declined comment.
Does the Tracking Bother You?
Are You Going to Go Check Out Your Spouse’s Whereabouts?