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IPhone Stored Location in Test Even if Disabled

Published on April 24, 2011
by Jennifer Valentino-DeVries

Apple Inc.’s iPhone is collecting and storing location information even when location services are turned off, according to a test conducted by The Wall Street Journal.

The location data appears to be collected using cellphone towers and Wi-Fi access points near a user’s phone and doesn’t appear to be transmitted back to Apple. Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Still, the fact that the iPhone is collecting and storing location data—even when location services are turned off–is likely to renew questions about how well users are informed about the data being gathered by their cellphones. The fact that the iPhone stores months’ worth of location data was disclosed by two researchers last week.

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