15 April 2010

Apple’s Plans for iPhone Location Privacy

(New York Times)
When Apple gave a preview of the next version of the iPhone operating system, OS 4, it was great to hear about the new features that could help consumers cope with the privacy and security issues involving location-based services. To make it clearer just how often approved apps are collecting data about users’ physical whereabouts, Apple will display an arrow in the status bar at the top of the screen, right next to the battery-life indicator, whenever a user’s location is being tracked. Mr. Forstall said users would also get “fine-grained settings,” akin to those provided for choosing how notifications are delivered, that will let you disable or enable location data-gathering on an app-by-app basis.