So Apple isn’t tracking me after all


I remember in September, I joked with my supervisor about how I was sure that Apple was tracking me through my iPod. I sort of assumed that Apple was doing that. I was okay with it. I thought maybe some day it might provide a much-needed alibi for a crime I don’t plan on committing.

Then this past week, there was a big scandal about how some people found a file on everyone’s iPhone that has a whole bunch of locations and times tagged. I even downloaded the application for the Mac that allows me to view the file on a map of the world. I thought it was pretty cool. It wasn’t very accurate though. Sometimes it would tag me as having been kilometres away from my actual position.

Now today it turns out that Apple hasn’t been tracking me after all. Those locations and times are just locations of wi-fi hotspots and cell phone towers.

It is a little bit of a let-down that Apple doesn’t care about me enough to stalk my every movement.

Google and Microsoft are doing that, though.


    title = {So Apple isn’t tracking me after all},
    journaltitle = {The Grey Literature},
    author = {Benjamin Gregory Carlisle},
    address = {Montreal, Canada},
    date = 2011-04-27,
    url = {}


Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. "So Apple isn’t tracking me after all" Web blog post. The Grey Literature. 27 Apr 2011. Web. 22 Mar 2019. <>


Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. (2011, Apr 27). So Apple isn’t tracking me after all [Web log post]. Retrieved from

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