Apple goes back to tracking users...Again.

thewitt

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They are not tracking USERS, they are tracking USE in order to target ads to things they believe you might be interested in.

If you follow the NFL on your device, you will get ads for NFL related items, not figure skating...

Your individual privacy is not being violated. They don't know who you are with this data.

Plus you can disable it, then you will get generic ads rather than targeted ads.
 

Timzer

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Nov 10, 2011
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They are not tracking USERS, they are tracking USE in order to target ads to things they believe you might be interested in.

If you follow the NFL on your device, you will get ads for NFL related items, not figure skating...

Your individual privacy is not being violated. They don't know who you are with this data.

Plus you can disable it, then you will get generic ads rather than targeted ads.
Did you even read the article? It's despicable. If it's able to be turned off/on, why isn't it off by default like other features like wifi and gps. Any kind of tracking is a privacy issue, so why the heck is this setting under the GENERAL tab? Why isn't it under the PRIVACY tab? It's so obvious Apple is putting this option in a place where you won't LOGICALLY find it. I would hope you could agree to this. No wonder the iPhone 5 is showing more web usage. How embarrassing.
 

Apollo 13

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this has to be old news because I remember reading about this a while back and disabled it. When I got my iphone 5 and installed my iphone 4 back up is was already disabled. Android fanboys trying to get things started.
 

scaredpoet

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Did you even read the article? It's despicable. If it's able to be turned off/on, why isn't it off by default like other features like wifi and gps.
Yes, the fact that you can turn it off and on! DEPLORABLE. :rolleyes:
 

thewitt

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Sep 13, 2011
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Did you even read the article? It's despicable. If it's able to be turned off/on, why isn't it off by default like other features like wifi and gps. Any kind of tracking is a privacy issue, so why the heck is this setting under the GENERAL tab? Why isn't it under the PRIVACY tab? It's so obvious Apple is putting this option in a place where you won't LOGICALLY find it. I would hope you could agree to this. No wonder the iPhone 5 is showing more web usage. How embarrassing.
Of course I read it.

As a developer who uses ads on iOS devices to give you FREE apps, I applaud this completely anonymous method of targeting ads to iOS users.

Could they have made it more obvious to disable this feature? Sure. They didn't. It's still something you can disable. It's in your best interest to leave it on, but you can certainly turn it off.

My app will present ads to you that fit your interests if you leave it on, otherwise you will get ads for tampons and feminine hygiene products. It's your choice.

No one is tracking users. The thread title is completely misleading.
 

scaredpoet

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I found this the first day I got the phone....
So did I, plain as day. What I find "despicable" is that with all of the other issues (many overhyped but a couple legit) that iPhone 5 has, some half-baked "news" site chose THIS to cry scandal about?

This is almost as overblown an overreaction as the roving bug guy.
 

NovemberWhiskey

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May 18, 2009
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Of course I read it.

As a developer who uses ads on iOS devices to give you FREE apps, I applaud this completely anonymous method of targeting ads to iOS users.

Could they have made it more obvious to disable this feature? Sure. They didn't. It's still something you can disable. It's in your best interest to leave it on, but you can certainly turn it off.

My app will present ads to you that fit your interests if you leave it on, otherwise you will get ads for tampons and feminine hygiene products. It's your choice.

No one is tracking users. The thread title is completely misleading.
Which apps are yours?
 

1080p

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Mar 17, 2010
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You better get an Android phone. We all know that Google would never do any data collecting or advertising..... :rolleyes:
 

decafjava

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Feb 7, 2011
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Of course I read it.

As a developer who uses ads on iOS devices to give you FREE apps, I applaud this completely anonymous method of targeting ads to iOS users.

Could they have made it more obvious to disable this feature? Sure. They didn't. It's still something you can disable. It's in your best interest to leave it on, but you can certainly turn it off.

My app will present ads to you that fit your interests if you leave it on, otherwise you will get ads for tampons and feminine hygiene products. It's your choice.

No one is tracking users. The thread title is completely misleading.
Well this post made me turn the tracking on again so I don't get tampon ads. that and free apps is always good. :D
 

Dolorian

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Apr 25, 2007
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So...Apple and Google "track" me to serve me targeted ads, why is that a problem again?
 
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