Steve Jobs has fired back at claims about the iPhone’s ability to track users’ locations, responding to an email about the issue. As ever, Jobs issued a terse reply, but did manage to find space to have a go at Google.
Jobs’ latest missive was in response to a MacRumors reader’s query about location tracking. The reader said, “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.”
Jobs fired back, “Oh yes they do. We don't track anyone. The info circulating around is false.” The story has gathered pace in recent days as privacy campaigners and iPhone users fret over how much Apple knows about where they’ve been.
While Android does track users, word is this is on a much smaller scale, with data wiped in order to protect privacy. It looks as if this is yet another iPhone controversy that just won’t die.