By Linda Tran |Staff Writer|
The makers of Apple have been saving user’s location data directly from iPhones and iPads and are being stored in a hidden database file, according to The Enterprise Newsweekly.
The news was a shock among students who are Apple users, visualizing a similar situation to George Orwell’s “1984” Big Brother scope where everyone would fall under full supervision by authorities; yet, some students on campus believe they’re keeping the data for good reasons.
Student and iPhone user Miriam Santoscoy said that she does not think the location data is an invasion to her privacy.
“They’re keeping location data for a reason,” said Santoscoy. “I think it’s a good thing. They’re able to track it because if I lost it, they would find it for me.”
Some students on campus feel uncomfortable about the tracking and how it is similar to being under the Big Brother scope.
Ana Flores, a student and iPhone user, said being tracked is an invasion of her privacy and does not like how Apple is not giving her the option to turn off the location data saving feature.
Some social network sites such as Twitter and Facebook give users the option to reveal their location data.
“We choose to post our check in on Facebook,” said Flores, differentiating from the choice of sharing location data to not having the power to do so.
Regardless of owning an iPhone or iPad device or not, many students said they agree that technology has grown more advanced, and with the latest smartphone technology, almost any person can be tracked down.
Some students believed that the data was saved, possibly, to show which region was mostly populated by Apple users.
“Apple will continue to be one of the leaders in strengthening personal information, security and privacy,” according to KTLA.