I like to post links to coverage from the San Jose Mercury News, The Sun and Daily Bulletin’s sister paper in the heart of the Silicon Valley.
Merc staffer Troy Wolverton reports today that Apple’s new iOS update will make changes to the location tracking software that allowed iPhones and iPads to track users’ whereabouts.
The iOS update seeks to address many of the issues with the location file identified by the researchers. According to Apple, the update will limit the amount of data kept in the location file, will prevent iTunes from backing up the file to users’ computers and will delete all information in the file when users turn off location services.
However, the update doesn’t necessarily address all issues with the file. Apple has said previously that it will continue to store 7 days worth of location data in the file even after the update. Forensics researchers, who have said that they have been using the location data stored file in criminal and other legal investigations, said that even that amount of data would still be useful in their work.