Apple goes back to tracking users...Again.

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by DanteMann, Oct 12, 2012.

  1. DanteMann, Oct 12, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2012
  2. thewitt macrumors 68020


    Sep 13, 2011
    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.
  3. Timzer macrumors 6502

    Nov 10, 2011
    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.
  4. Apollo 13 macrumors 6502a

    May 29, 2010
    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.
  5. acorntoy macrumors 65816

    May 25, 2010
    I found this the first day I got the phone....
  6. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    Yes, the fact that you can turn it off and on! DEPLORABLE. :rolleyes:
  7. MisterDisney macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2010
    Really getting tired of how sensationalized every little news item has become.
  8. thewitt macrumors 68020


    Sep 13, 2011
    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.
  9. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    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.
  10. brand macrumors 601


    Oct 3, 2006
    WiFi is not off by default neither is bluetooth.
  11. aicul macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2007
    no cars, only boats
    If you are so concerned about confidentiality do not use brand new technology that will, by its very nature, have some loose ends.
  12. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
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  15. thewitt macrumors 68020


    Sep 13, 2011
    By the way, the web use showing up is web browser, identified by browser user agent. This has nothing whatsoever to do with collecting usage information.
  16. darster Suspended

    Aug 25, 2011
  17. duneriderltr450 macrumors 6502


    Sep 20, 2012
    Brb, gonna go cover up my phone with tin foil.
  18. NovemberWhiskey macrumors 68030


    May 18, 2009
    Which apps are yours?
  19. 1080p macrumors 68030


    Mar 17, 2010
    Planet Earth
    You better get an Android phone. We all know that Google would never do any data collecting or advertising..... :rolleyes:
  20. decafjava macrumors 68030


    Feb 7, 2011
    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
  21. dchao macrumors 6502a

    May 20, 2008
    Yep, this is why I always use Internet on a public WiFi hotspot with VPN on, and turn on all my privacy settings, then burn my iPhone after use.
  22. Dolorian macrumors 65816


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

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