Apple tracking

I am quite sure, that everybody loves technology, its different possibilities and the ways it makes our lives so much simpler. We don’t need to use maps to find places of interest in new towns, or to locate ourselves if we are lost, we can access the web at any location and so on. Nowadays we do not just expect things to work properly, but work fast as well.
It already seems impossible that one has to wait after information, of any kind, for longer than a few seconds and the fact that, at least in larger modern cities, we cannot access the Internet at all. Another thing we love is our privacy. Because we live in a democratic society, which protects our privacy by law, we expect everyone to respect that.

The problem is, that sometimes these two “must haves” might go against each other. The latest such clash was when people found out about files in devices like iPhones and iPads, which consisted of logs about different positions where the device had been. According to apple, in a response to this subject, the files were actually about not the location of the device it self, but about the wi-fi hotspots it was near to. Furthermore the range of the hotspots, from the device, could be up to 100 miles, so not a very accurate “tracking system”. The way idevices sent the information to Apple was also anonymous. The problem here is, that people did not fully understand, what the log files meant and that the system could not be turned off. Apple has promised to fix a number of bugs and reasons of concern, of the system, with its next update.

The system itself seems to be something, which is not there to keep track of people, but to help make the device faster when it comes to connecting to the Internet and finding location. So nothing to be actually worried about. But the incident itself again shows, how people jump to hasty conclusion. They right away saw it as an attack against their privacy without considering, maybe the device actually needs to know where I am, when I want to know, where I am.