@DutchUncle: my sentiments, exactly! I don't exist on FaceBook / Twitter for the same reasons but I get invites from some of my contacts that do repeatedly (even though I have refused it multiple times). As it is, we hardly have any privacy with so much video surveillance cameras where ever we go (don't tell me the local DMV's haven't shared ID's with of people with the local police!). GPS tracking is another layer of unwanted privacy invasion that much of the population using smart phones doesn't know how to turn off. But as many have already said in this forum, it is your choice to use it or lose it.
@hm: I am not so sure if your plan will work! Many phones have standby power mode even when powered off. This may include power to locate a GPS-enabled device in emergency mode.
Dr. MP Divakar
The worry is that you may not be able to "turn off" your GPS. How do you know if it's on or off? I read in one case that you could opt out of location tracking, but the phone was still keeping a record anyway.
Also, many less tech savvy folks may not even fully understand what "GPS mtracking" means. Many people just pick up their phone and use it. No one should have to "opt out" of being tracked.
Part of the problem is that someone else can volunteer *me* whether I want it or not, and many people have no concept of the downstream consequences (especially young people). I don't want to be tagged in other people's pictures. I don't want someone else announcing that they saw me somewhere (and I'm not making my living from being popular so there's no "publicity" or "news" excuse). As with surveillance cameras, it is suggested that anyone could have seen me in public at the same time; yet there is a multi-shell quantum leap between "someone could have seen me in public" and "announcing my presence in a world-wide persistent searchable list that all the world's spy agencies together probably couldn't put together".
I am not sure what the deal is. If you don't want to use the GPS service just don't use it. On the other hand I am not sure why Apple or other companies would want to save such data regardless of whether it was a bug or not. That is a Class action lawsuit waiting to happen.
The intensity of the controversy surprises me. Users have a choice to use location-aware services, and are voluntarily doing so. The Facebook "check in" feature, for example, is incredibly popular.
For some people, the benefits of these services outweigh the loss of privacy, otherwise they wouldn't choose to opt in.
So now Apple has a software update that allows the iPhone to store location data for some lesser period of time than it did before. But Apple still has the ability to monetize location data, and users who use location-based servcies seem to be ok with that. So how does the new software update change anything, really?
Can this be simple solution?
Keep two mobiles - one smartphone with GPS and one conventional. When in doubt, forward smartphone mobile calls to conventional mobile and switch off smartphone.
Will this owrk?