By Marcus Leach
Less than a week after it was reported Apple's iPhone collects and stores data concerning the owner's location, the technology giants have released a statement concerning the issue.
“The iPhone is not logging your location," the statement said, "rather, it is maintaining a database of Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers around your current location, some of which may be located more than one hundred miles away from your iPhone, to help your iPhone rapidly and accurately calculate its location when requested.”
Last week two British security researchers, Alisdair Allan and Pete Warden, published findings concerning a hidden file on iPhones, named "consolidated.db", that effectively tracked the users location.
The Information Commissioner's Office said: "All businesses that are collecting people’s data should have clear and accessible privacy notices. This is especially important where users are unlikely to appreciate the privacy implications of a service they are using.
"Apple has a legal obligation to make clear how people’s information might be used when customers sign up. Equally, customers should make sure they carefully read through terms and conditions.
"Anyone who has a data protection concern can bring their complaint to us and we will look into it.”
For those concerned Apple may be providing this data to other parties, the statement went on to say:
"We (Apple) provide anonymous crash logs from users that have opted in to third-party developers to help them debug their apps. Our iAds advertising system can use location as a factor in targeting ads.
"Location is not shared with any third party or ad unless the user explicitly approves giving the current location to the current ad (for example, to request the ad locate the Target store nearest them)."