John Paczkowski

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South Korea Fines Apple Over LocationGate

The Korean Communications Commission has fined Apple for allegedly collecting location data from iPhone users without their express permission. Though a pittance at three million won (about $2,830), the penalty does set a precedent, marking the first time Apple has been punished for storing users’ unencrypted location information in their iPhones for up to a year.

The company, which reduced the length of that storage time to seven days with the release of iOS 4.3.3, denies that the iPhone was ever logging its users’ locations. Instead it claims the device was creating a crowdsourced database of Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers. “Apple is not tracking the location of your iPhone,” a company spokesman told Reuters. “Apple has never done so and has no plan to ever do so.”


Twitter’s Tanking

December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

2013 Was a Good Year for Chromebooks

December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik