Transcript of Interview With Jobs, Schiller, Forstall Over iOS Location Logging

Transcript of Interview With Jobs, Schiller, Forstall Over iOS Location Logging

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Mobilized has posted an edited transcript of their interview with Steve Jobs, Phil Schiller, and Scott Forstall regarding the iOS location logging uproar.

One of the challenges here is that, by their nature, location-based services require location information, but that information is highly sensitive and can be used in a lot of ways. How does Apple approach this balance?

Jobs: I think we do two things. Number one is we get consent from users if we are going to use location, or we never use location. That’s what we do. It’s very straightforward.

We haven’t been tracking anybody’s location and the files they found on these phones, as we explained, it turned out were basically files we have built through anonymous, crowdsourced information that we collect from the tens of millions of iPhones out there.

We build a crowdsourced database of Wi-Fi and cell tower hot spots, but those can be over 100 miles away from where you are. Those are not telling you anything abut your location. That’s what people saw on the phone and mistook it for location.

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Transcript of Interview With Jobs, Schiller, Forstall Over iOS Location Logging

David Smith - April 28, 2011 at 8:38am
I want an on/off options. Not just a term hidden in the term and conditions. Also my phone is using up memory and battery power and I would like to turn it off.
Nick - April 28, 2011 at 11:34am
There will the ability to turn it off once they release their next iOS update, they already stated that. Also, the only time your phone sends them the location data is if you agreed to send them diagnostic information from your phone, not by just agreeing to the terms and services of the update.
jobs lies - April 28, 2011 at 12:59am
this is completely UNTRUE. it indeed tracks your very location, they think they can get away with it by paying some schmuck to write a script, \'they are cell phone towers, 100 miles away\'.................... LIKE ooooh yeah ok that makes it better now.. die apple
smate333 - April 28, 2011 at 12:36am
Ring ring Steve\'s phone: - Who is it? -Its Obama, I want to fornicate them even more, track them bitches Steve! -Ok, Hussein, will do, what if they find out? -Who cares, say something smart, they all dumb as dust anyway! -You right, just like you told them you were born here, haha. -Haha, Steve get to work or I tell them about the liver you stole from that child! -Haha, ok, peace. -Bye Barry.
Barry - April 28, 2011 at 12:19am
This is untrue. I have been in 4 different counties with location turned off etc and yet the file on my Mac clearly tracked my travel.
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