BREAKING: Steve Jobs Denies Tracking; Says Google Is Watching You

It seems that Steve Jobs has just responded to a customer email that was asking about specifics on the database that has all of our location information in it. As usual, Mr. Jobs, however brief he speaks, has caused a shockwave accross the Apple community.

Here is the customer’s email:


Could you please explain the necessity of the passive location-tracking tool embedded in my iPhone? It’s kind of unnerving knowing that my exact location is being recorded at all times. Maybe you could shed some light on this for me before I switch to a Droid. They don’t track me.”

Steve Jobs responded with this:

“Oh yes they do. We don’t track anyone. The info circulating around is false.

Sent from my iPhone”

Now, the bad part about Steve Jobs’ emails are that he isn’t very specific about anything. We have proven that iOS 4.x.x is keeping tabs on where you go (even when location services is turned off) as we’ve found the database and even figured out how to corrupt it. However, no one proven that Apple is being sent this info.

Now, not only did he dismiss the locationgate scandal, but he dropped a bombshell saying that Google, is in-fact, tracking you.

Now, many people (such as myself) have believed that Google does keep location data and is constantly being sent this information, but this is the first time Steve Jobs has publicly said anything on the rumor.

We expect Google to release a press release on a rebuttal soon.

Stay tuned as this story develops…

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  1. Dennis says

    A three sentence explanation to an end user is just not good enough to explain this huge invasion of privacy. If it turns out SJ’s e-mail was not completely correct, he and Apple will lose a lot of credibility. The truth tends to come out in the end.

    • says

      Yeah, I agree. Steve Jobs’ classic email response length is interesting (since we get a glimpse of his thoughts on things), but he does need to learn to elaborate a little, lol.

      There are still a lot of unanswered questions like, why is the database necessary (because there is already an encrypted database that apps use)? Why does it run even though location services is off? Is this why iOS 4 is so slow and killing your battery so fast?

      We need more answers. I also await Google’s official response to this.

    • says

      It’s possible, however, Steve Jobs would know a lot more about the inner workings of Google since they have worked with eachother’s companies for years now. There could be some location logging when we use Google Maps or something like that.

      Who knows, but I am sure we will know more about this in the coming days.

  2. Dennis says

    By the way, I tried one of those tracking programs that takes your consolidated.db file and uploads it to a Google map. It pretty accurately showed where I have been for the last year with one exception. It showed that I was a couple hundred miles off the coast of Ghana, Africa. Unless somebody borrowed my phone and a jet plane for the day, I’ll assume that one was an anomaly.

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