With Apple clearly storing location data, we’ve had to wait until today for a response from the company themselves.
An online Q&A states that it isn’t tracking the location of your iPhone and it isn’t logging the location. Yes, you read that right. They call these logs “databases” which are logging… no, sorry.. “storing” data which helps to gain a more accurate lock when requested. They’re basically stating that it’s the “a” (assisted) in “aGPS” and is designed to speed up the lock-time.
Apple state that they’ve found a couple of “bugs” which will be fixed soon. Yes, it’s strange that this information has been found “by Apple” at the exact same time as this has all hit the headlines, but there you go. There’s also a little revelation from Apple which states..
Apple is now collecting anonymous traffic data to build a crowd-sourced traffic database with the goal of providing iPhone users an improved traffic service in the next couple of years.
So, Apple is not logging location data. It’s “storing” data to help give a more accurate GPS lock. They’re not tracking your phone either, but they are collecting “traffic data” anonymously. Clear as mud really.