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No iTunes Store for You if You don't Share Location

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Homan13PSU, Jun 23, 2010.

  1. Homan13PSU

    Homan13PSU Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    May 27, 2010
    Found this on another forum I post on;

    Apple closes the iTunes store for iPhone users who don't want to share their location
    22 June 2010

    Apple has found a new way to get people to agree to online tracking:
    withhold applications from them if they don't.

    This week Apple is launching a new iPhone. And with that comes a new operating system and the company's new advertising platform.

    According to Apple's new privacy policy, users can opt out if they don't want to be served targeted ads. But if they don't want to share their location information with the company, they also won't have access to new apps from the iTunes store.

    The launch of Apple's iAd advertising system this week comes with some new terms and conditions. Apple will be serving targeted advertising. Users can opt out of receiving such ads, but it won't be particularly easy. And the company thinks it would be cooler if people didn't opt out. According to the new T&Cs:

    Apple customers who want to opt out of tracking have to use the above URL from an Apple device running iOS 4 to do so. And each of their devices using that operating system must be logged out individually.

    In addition, Apple is collecting "precise," "real-time geographic location" of its customers who use its new iOS software that runs on the new iPhone.

    Apple's wording assures customers that location data is ?collected anonymously in a form that does not personally identify you.? But it also doesn't give people a choice to opt out of location tracking. Users have to agree to the new terms and conditions before downloading new apps or any other data from the iTunes store.

    Meanwhile, the new T&Cs are light on details regarding what will happen with this location information. The company's privacy policy states:

    ...BUT then goes on to say:

    Obviously, applications that rely on location will be among the ?partners and licensees? who will access location data. But it would be nice to have details on what location-based services other than Find My iPhone will utilize the data. Apple also insists that the data will be anonymous, but they are not divulging how long the data will be kept, which could irk privacy advocates.



  2. Shotgunx1x

    Shotgunx1x Well-Known Member

    May 2, 2010
    Tucson, AZ
    This is posted in the wrong section. :D
  3. Tasmin

    Tasmin Well-Known Member

    Apr 3, 2010
    Grad student (vector-borne disease ecologist)
    Atlanta GA
    Wow, Big Brother is watching ...
  4. CPR

    CPR Well-Known Member

    Jun 14, 2010
    And you seriously believe Google isn't pouring through all the data we've stored in their cloud?

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