An unsecured, and unencrypted, file called ‘consolidated.db’ contains latitude-longitude coordinates along with a timestamp, and the data goes back to the introduction of iOS4 on the device. This has clear privacy implications, the file is backed up into restore files by iTunes, and could be accessed by anyone at your computer. If you’re worried about this, the first thing you can do is to set your backups to be encrypted – click on your device in iTunes, go to the Options section and select ‘Encrypt iPhone Backup’.
Apple has yet to comment on why this data is being collected, and why it is being held so insecurely. More details in the video below:
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