In this weeks installment of “What I Found In The Hidden Depths Of My iPhone”, I stumbled upon the database of my Location Services.
This database held a wealth of information about all the places I had been to since the start of 2017. It had recorded all the addresses (down to the house number) of places I’ve visited, including the frequency that I’ve been there, as well as the exact times and dates.
It’s good to know that my phone is keeping a close, VERY detailed eye on me.
To some people this discovery might not be a surprise at all. Location Services can easily be turned off, and the app isn’t exactly secretive or subtle. The app often prompts you when another app or site is using your location, and it even asks your permission every now and then. How kind!
However, what Location Services fails to tell you is that it’s storing all that data on your phone in order to “…provide you with location-related information in Maps, Calendar and MORE“. What exactly does that ‘More’ mean? I’m not certain. But I can bet that it benefits Apple in some way.
Now this doesn’t mean that Apple is definitely selling this information to other businesses or using it unethically, but it is interesting to know that they have the ability to monitor and record all the personal travelling information of their users without them necessarily knowing.
It is a huge deal for any business anywhere to know exactly where their customers are, where and when they visit a place and how often they go there, so I for one are hoping that this sensitive information stays on my phone exclusively. (Not that I have anything to hide, of course)
So what are your thoughts on this Location Services feature? Did you know about it previously, and do you care that its happening?