You Might Quit Bragging About Your iPhone

by on July 12, 2010 · 2 comments

. . . when you realize how much data it can give up to law enforcement and phone thieves. Or maybe one of you smarties will write an app that wipes your iPhone clean, restoring your control over personal and private communications information.

  • http://twitter.com/binarybits Timothy Lee

    I dunno, the geo-tagging of photos seems like a bug, not a feature. Yes, it provides a bit of additional data about your past whereabouts to the police, but it also provides additional data about your whereabouts to your future self. And personally that seems like a good trade-off to me.

    The biggest privacy risk of a cell phone is the fact that the police can track your location in real-time. This is an inherent characteristic of cell phone technology so there isn't much we can do about it. The fact that it keeps some additional logs is worth thinking about, but it doesn't strike me as a major problem.

  • MikeRT

    You also don't need a special app to securely wipe our iPhone because it allegedly already has that built in. I say “allegedly” because I don't think anyone has verified that it is really effective and when I ran it after my phone started acting up from an incident involving cofee, it took about 20-30 minutes. That is too short to run a milspec wipe (~35 passes) unless that is some damn fast flash memory.

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