[ad]When it became obvious last week that our iPhone can tell on us, at least where we have been, it opened up some questions to the buying public. For example, is it a good or bad thing for potential criminal investigations? What about for people that are the targets of those investigations? Should we even care? We absolutely should care and there are a number of reasons why that we may not have thought of.
My first instinct when I heard about this was indifference. Why should it matter to me that my iPhone knows where I have been? I have nothing to hide nor do I think anyone else is going to hunt me down through my phone. I could care less whether the cops look into my whereabouts because I only go where I am supposed to. I do not commit crimes, so why should I care?
Upon second thoughts, however, I get it now.
Let us consider the following:
If the cops were to suspect me of committing a murder that I did not commit, would this information suddenly be much more important to me? What if the iPhone put me in the vicinity of said murder, even though I had nothing to do with it? What if it was a close friend or family member that was in trouble?
Also, what about privacy? The cops would be able to see every single place I go, as well as when I went there. Do we really want that type of power in the hands of people? Should we not consider the breach of privacy here?
When police officers are investigating a crime, they should be allowed all legal means to find their perp. They should be allowed to dump phones and check out your alibi. They should be able to do whatever is deemed necessary in the eyes of the law to find you guilty or innocent. That said, do they have the right to invade your privacy simply because an iPhone is keeping track of where you go without your permission?
Some say yes and some say no. Some feel that by accepting this feature of the iPhone, the customer is accepting the tracking that comes along with it. Others feel that the problem must be fixed, as the problem was not revealed before purchase and release of the iPhone. The truth is, Apple is not going to let this fester.
Apple will make some type of fix here, and do so rather quickly I would think. They simply can not afford to sell off their customer’s trust in that way. The fix would cost far less than the potential back lash that leaving it alone might create.
That said, it will be interesting to see if cops will begin using it as a method of solving crimes. They probably already have and will continue to do so until they no longer can.
I used to think I did not care one way or the other. Now I am not so sure.
As a gadget lover, Rodney Southern regularly contributes the latest gadget news at Hungry Scholar.