Hmm, maybe I should change my blog theme from:“iPhone Makes for a Paradise Life No Matter Where You Are”…to…“iPhone Makes a Spy’s Life Paradise No Matter Where WE Are…”:-/Begin forwarded 12/19/10 message from a fellow iPhone user:From: Apple Discussions Subscriptions <email@example.com>
Date: December 19, 2010 4:14:42 PM EST
Subject: Apple Discussions: Topic “Unknown data usage early morning” in forum “Wi-Fi, 3G and Bluetooth” has been updated by ed2020
ed2020 posted “Re: Unknown data usage early morning” in “Unknown data usage early morning” on Dec 19, 2010 1:14:37 PM.
I’ve spent quite a lot of time recently investigating iPhone’s storage of personal data. Without going into detail you’d be *amazed* at how much is on there. Even after you think you’ve deleted emails, SMS messages, photos and apps they can be retrieved. The location data it stores is scary (even on a non-multitasking 3G): your location is logged hundreds of times a day.
You can get an idea of how much is stored by downloading an open source SQLite browser – a lot of the iPhone’s data is stored in SQLite databases and the iTunes backup files are often direct copies of these. There are apps available to read these files (and a lot more besides) direct off the device, without jailbreaking. Oh, and the PIN or passcode protection does nothing to prevent this so don’t lose your phone!
I haven’t yet determined how much of this data is transmitted without our knowledge (that’s next on my list of things to do) however presumably it’s being kept for a reason. I don’t know how much of this data is accounting for the mysterious high data usage people are seeing but it seems likely that we are paying for personal data to be transmitted to advertisers.
A couple of other observations:
If the data usage is personal data going to advertisers then it might explain why the discrepancy between the network operator’s stats and the phone’s usage counter (Apple probably don’t want you to know your phone is spying on you).
Erasing all content and settings, or restoring as a new device in iTunes, does not wipe all this data. Something to bear in mind if you sell your phone or take it to Apple for repair!
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———————————————–As someone commented in the 12/18/10 Wall Street Journal article:
“YOUR APPS ARE WATCHING YOU” – WSJ Investigates iPhone & Android Apps:
Lol, agreed.(See also similar AP news article posted 7/30/10:7/28/10: iPHONE APPS SPY ON YOU (Yahoo News/AP Article):
brm123 in Apple Support Forums previously asked if there was another place discussions could take place besides AppleSupport Forums that would be free from Censorship. A few suggestions:
1. Free Posterous Group:Allows comments without moderation & without having to log-in. There’s a lot of quirks I don’t like about Posterous but it might work for something like this.2. Or an Email-list that could be used is YahooGroups: http://groups.yahoo.comFairly easy to set up, allow “anyone can post,” no moderation, etc. People can subscribe to the email list Only (vs actually “joining the Group”), & choose Individual Emails or a Daily Digest version. There’s definitely no Censorship at YahooGroups, except whatever the Group Owner would choose. The bad thing about YahooGroups is it doesn’t do inline photos in your emails.3. Or if any volunteers prefer a Forum vs a Blog or an Email-List, this site offers free forums software & it works well from iPhone, too:Simple Machines Forum: Free PHP and MySQL forum software:————-I’ve got too many blogs to deal with as is, but if anyone else is up for the challenge, a possible name: “The Bad Apple” or “The Rotten Apple” etc.End of Ideas! :)—————————–