Steve Jobs: iPhone tracking furore due to lack of education

In rare interview, Jobs dismisses breach of privacy fears

Apple CEO says iPhone tracking issue is complicated and not easy to explain.

Apple may have officially responded to the growing furore surrounding iPhones tracking users’ locations. But Steve Jobs himself has now given an interview to All Things D, explaining just how the issue arose and why the iPhone doesn’t track anyone’s movements.

“We haven’t been tracking anyone,” said Jobs. “The files they found on these phones, as we explained, it turned out were basically files we have built through anonymous, crowd-sourced information that we collect from the tens of millions of iPhones out there.”

Jobs continued by saying the fuss played into a wider issue faced by the entire technology industry, as it struggles to explain complex tech in layman’s terms. “As new technology comes into the society there is a period of adjustment and education. We haven’t, as an industry, done a very good job educating people, I think, as to some of the more subtle things going on here. As such, people jumped to a lot of wrong conclusions in the last week.”

Apple has promised a bug fix to stop phones which have turned off location info still storing data about their whereabouts. Is Steve Jobs right to say Apple’s not to blame? Or is he indulging in the classic tactic of widening the issue out to the tech community at large when his company is to blame? Tell us now on our Facebook and Twitter pages.