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Apr. 21st, 2011

First:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/apr/20/iphone-tracking-prompts-privacy-fears

Your iPhone is tracking you. Of course you know that. It's using your GPS data to tell where you are on a map, on Twitter, Foursquare, whatever. The thing you didn't know is that it's kept as a text file on your phone, a PLAIN TEXT FILE, that has dates, times, and coordinates. This file is also copied over to the iTunes directory in any computer you sync your phone to. Anyone who can grab your phone can therefore sync that file to their device.

Second:

http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/34/3458.asp

Michigan State Police have a device that extracts information from phones in 90 seconds, and they also routinely ask for phones at a traffic stop. They say they never extract this information without consent, but if they order you to hand over your phone, AND YOU GIVE IT TO THEM, that is consent to search your phone. You can exercise your 4th Amendment right and refuse until they get a warrant, but there will of course be consequences. Because only criminals know that much about Amendment IV. Am I right?
Coming soon to a jurisdiction near you.

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