Last week, it was discovered that iPhones have been secretly recording all location data and storing it on both phones and computers said phones have synced with, all without encryption. Someone emailed Steve Jobs asking what the deal was, and he denied it completely. Um, Steve?
Here's the exchange in full, as provided by MacRumors:
Q: Steve,Blanket denials are all well and good when we're talking about a rumor, but there's a program anyone can download that will show them this tracking information for themselves. It's not really a question at this point. Apple may not be pulling this location info and using it for nefarious purposes, but to say that iPhone's aren't passively tracking people's locations is the false info in this situation.
Could you please explain the necessity of the passive location-tracking tool embedded in my iPhone? It's kind of unnerving knowing that my exact location is being recorded at all times. Maybe you could shed some light on this for me before I switch to a Droid. They don't track me.
A: Oh yes they do. We don't track anyone. The info circulating around is false.
Time to come clean, Steve.