Your smartphone tracks your locations by triangulating GPS coordinates. This information is not new. What is scary is when someone/something tracks and records your movements. It has come to light that the iPhone running iOS 7 is capable of doing this.
In fact, your iPhone will silently record your movements to keep a history of your locations. Of course, Apple makes this seem harmless because all data is clearly visible, erasable and the feature itself can be disabled with a switch.
Obviously, you don't have to worry because you can turn off the ability in iOS 7. Oh just to be sure: this “frequent places” tracking happens only in iOS7. At least, explicitly.
For the adventurous who run iOS 7 beta, here's how to turn off the feature:
- Go to Settings
- Tap on Privacy
- Now tap on Locations
- Scroll down to System Services. Tap on it.
- Tap on Frequent Locations.
- You should see a switch for ‘Frequent Locations'. Turn this off.
What this primarily does is disables the iPhone from keeping track of the locations you've been to. As an aside joke, people suspecting their partner's movements have got a powerful weapon now.
Alternatively, you can also completely turn off locations to disable everything but that would be pointless if you're using maps, weather and other location-dependent app.
Smartphones, including the iPhone, do track your location for a variety of reasons. Location tracking can help you locate a misplaced iPhone/iDevice through Find My iPhone. Location tracking also helps in many features that iOS 7 brings including “popular near me”, traffic data on maps etc. I'm not familiar with Android beyond ICS but keeping a track of your locations does sound like Big Brother. However, folks assure that it's to enhance the location-based decision-making capability of iOS in general.
Not sure about that but glad to be able to switch it off.