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NEW “SCARY” SPY INFO FROM IPHONE USER

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Hmm, maybe I should change my blog theme from:

“iPhone Makes for a Paradise Life No Matter Where You Are”

…to…

“iPhone Makes a Spy’s Life Paradise No Matter Where WE Are…”

:-/

Begin forwarded 12/19/10 message from a fellow iPhone user:

From: Apple Discussions Subscriptions <discusswatch@apple.com>
Date: December 19, 2010 4:14:42 PM EST
Subject: Apple Discussions: Topic “Unknown data usage early morning” in forum “Wi-Fi, 3G and Bluetooth” has been updated by ed2020


ed2020 posted “Re: Unknown data usage early morning” in “Unknown data usage early morning” on Dec 19, 2010 1:14:37 PM.
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I’ve spent quite a lot of time recently investigating iPhone’s storage of personal data. Without going into detail you’d be *amazed* at how much is on there. Even after you think you’ve deleted emails, SMS messages, photos and apps they can be retrieved. The location data it stores is scary (even on a non-multitasking 3G): your location is logged hundreds of times a day.

You can get an idea of how much is stored by downloading an open source SQLite browser – a lot of the iPhone’s data is stored in SQLite databases and the iTunes backup files are often direct copies of these. There are apps available to read these files (and a lot more besides) direct off the device, without jailbreaking. Oh, and the PIN or passcode protection does nothing to prevent this so don’t lose your phone!

I haven’t yet determined how much of this data is transmitted without our knowledge (that’s next on my list of things to do) however presumably it’s being kept for a reason. I don’t know how much of this data is accounting for the mysterious high data usage people are seeing but it seems likely that we are paying for personal data to be transmitted to advertisers.

A couple of other observations:

If the data usage is personal data going to advertisers then it might explain why the discrepancy between the network operator’s stats and the phone’s usage counter (Apple probably don’t want you to know your phone is spying on you).

Erasing all content and settings, or restoring as a new device in iTunes, does not wipe all this data. Something to bear in mind if you sell your phone or take it to Apple for repair!
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As someone commented in the 12/18/10 Wall Street Journal article:

Posted 12/19/10:
“YOUR APPS ARE WATCHING YOU” – WSJ Investigates iPhone & Android Apps:
http://paradisemobi.posterous.com/your-apps-are-watching-you-wsj-investigates


“I smell a website. Badapps.com or something similar that details the personal info transmitted by each app. Get on it, you techies!”  

Lol, agreed.  

(See also similar AP news article posted 7/30/10:

7/28/10: iPHONE APPS SPY ON YOU (Yahoo News/AP Article):
http://paradisemobi.posterous.com/72810-iphone-apps-spy-on-you )

brm123 in Apple Support Forums previously asked if there was another place discussions could take place besides AppleSupport Forums that would be free from Censorship.  A few suggestions:


1. Free Posterous Group:

Allows comments without moderation & without having to log-in.  There’s a lot of quirks I don’t like about Posterous but it might work for something like this.

2. Or an Email-list that could be used is YahooGroups:  http://groups.yahoo.com

Fairly easy to set up, allow “anyone can post,” no moderation, etc. People can subscribe to the email list Only (vs actually “joining the Group”), & choose Individual Emails or a Daily Digest version. There’s definitely no Censorship at YahooGroups, except whatever the Group Owner would choose.  The bad thing about YahooGroups is it doesn’t do inline photos in your emails.

3.  Or if any volunteers prefer a Forum vs a Blog or an Email-List, this site offers free forums software & it works well from iPhone, too:

Simple Machines Forum: Free PHP and MySQL forum software:

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I’ve got too many blogs to deal with as is, but if anyone else is up for the challenge, a possible name:  “The Bad Apple” or “The Rotten Apple” etc.

End of Ideas! :)

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Consumer Reports says: AT&T: America’s Worst Wireless Carrier

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12/6/10: Consumer Reports says: #AT&T: America’s Worst Wireless Carrier:
http://www.mainstreet.com/article/smart-spending/technology/att-america-s-wor…
No surprise considering this 65-pages thread of complaints re ATT billing errors for iPhone users:
http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=2450738

IPHONE-ATT MYSTERY DATA USAGE CONTINUES

This poor kid!  I have been following this thread from the beginning.  Thankfully I have the unlimited plan from 2009, but I empathize with the hordes of people having to stress re the mystery data usage showing up on their ATT bills!  Here’s the latest…

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From: Apple Discussions Subscriptions <discusswatch@apple.com>
Date: November 18, 2010 12:06:57 AM EST
To: Me
Subject: Apple Discussions: Topic “Unknown data usage early morning” in forum “Wi-Fi, 3G and Bluetooth” has been updated by NathanRIG

NathanRIG posted “Re: Unknown data usage early morning” in “Unknown data usage early morning” on Nov 17, 2010 9:06:40 PM.
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This may sound strange, as I am only 16 years old.
My mom just asked me why my phone had HUGE data transfers at 3am on a school night, and I had honestly no idea.
She then proceeded to accuse me of streaming LIVE **** from my bedroom every night. Seriously!
AT&T has officially ruined my good image in front of my mother because they cannot keep the **** together.
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