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iPhone update targets privacy issue

Apple faced a backlash from privacy watchdogs and some iPhone owners over surveillance technology abuse. Apple faced a backlash from privacy watchdogs and some iPhone owners over surveillance technology abuse. (Richard Drew/Associated Press)
By Associated Press
May 5, 2011

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SAN FRANCISCO — Apple is updating the iPhone to reduce the amount of time the device stores information about its users’ whereabouts.

The software released yesterday follows through on Apple’s recent promise to revise a feature that logged iPhone users’ movements for up to a year. Apple says the location data won’t be kept for more than a week after the changes to the iPhone’s operating system are installed.

Apple Inc. faced a backlash from privacy watchdogs and some indignant iPhone owners after researchers showed how the surveillance technology could be abused at a conference last week.

Apple, the world’s most valuable technology company, denied it was spying on iPhone users. It acknowledged, however, that a software bug could cause potential privacy problems, prompting the latest tweaks to the iPhone’s operating system.