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Apr 25, 2011, 6:26 PM
I'd be happy to play Devil's Advocate on this one.
OK, we all know location based services aren't free; data is acquired and sold for market analysis and ultimately creates the revenue streams that pay for this cool stuff.
As I understand it, the difference between what Apple has done vs. Google is that Google uploads data to its servers directly. Other than cookies in your browser or maybe an encrypted cache on your phone (depending on how you’ve set it up) that's pretty much it. It pushes data so far upstream that you basically become a face in a huge crowd - sort of a ‘safety in numbers thing’. Sure someone can analyze your habits, purchases etc. but that’s pretty far outside access by any one individual. It would...

Apr 25, 2011, 9:38 PM
The issue is:

a) They're unsecured caches of user location in long-term storage on the device.


b) There is no option to opt out of said data collection.

Gladly, for the Android fan like myself, Google has not stepped into either one of these pits.

Good luck with that one, Steve.

Apr 26, 2011, 11:21 AM
I'm sure he will finagle himself out of this, don't even think twice. Apple's attorney's are pitbulls, they will tie them up in court for decades, be they right or wrong. To a point that either they drop it, or their lawyers see no fruition. At the most, Apple will refund their purchase or give them a $50 iTunes gift card. Just look at their history.

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