Apple: Jobs' Mob releases an anti-tracking update

After denying that it was tracking users, Apple has released a patch which prevents the iPhone and iPad keeping track of the owner’s movements.

The update will also prevent the toys from synchronising the details to the owner’s computer.

Steve Jobs, Apple’s chief executive, told a user on 25 April that “we don’t track anyone”. In fact the outfit only tracked users if they gave the company permission. Permission was buried in the 15,000-word agreement to use the iTunes store which no one ever read.

The phone still tracks users, it just cuts the amount of cached data that is stored to just a week, and does not synchronise it to the owner’s computer if the phone or tablet is connected to it.

If someone targets the computer they will find no tracking details and if they get their paws on the phone they will only know where you have been for the last week.

Cached data is wiped if the user disables the location services setting on the iPhone or iPad.

However data is still not encrypted, which means that if they coppers, or the News of the World get their paws on it, your movements could still be read. Apple has promised that it will encrypt the data in another forthcoming update to the software that runs the devices.

The update applies to the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 2, iPad, and the 3rd and 4th iterations of the iPod Touch. iPhone 3G users will not get the update. We guess that Apple needs to know exactly where those who will not update their phones to the iPhone 4 are in case they infect the others.