Privacy Issues with "Nearby Contacts" app?

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by phalewhale, Jun 10, 2008.

  1. phalewhale macrumors 6502a

    phalewhale

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    After watching Scott Forstall demo the "nearby contacts" app at the Keynote yesterday, it left me wondering... What if the contact I have in my contacts list doesn't want me to know where they are?
     
  2. darngooddesign macrumors G3

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    I'd imagine its a feature you have to turn on.
     
  3. Gigemaggies06 macrumors newbie

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    I'm not positive about this, but I got the feeling from the keynote that Nearby Contacts does not gather GPS data from your contacts but instead uses your GPS location combined with their physical address from you contacts list to calculate the distance from you to their home. The same sort of functionality is basically available in Google maps since it recognizes coordinates and physical addresses; this just streamlines the process. The app development walkthrough in the the keynote mentioned the app only required around 300 lines of code and mentioned nothing about pulling data off of a server which I think an app like Loopt would have to do to get other people's GPS coordinates.
     
  4. phalewhale thread starter macrumors 6502a

    phalewhale

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    Ahhh go it... Whilst I commented on possible privacy issues, locating a contact in real-time, providing permission is granted as darngooddesign mentioned... I think it would still be pretty cool.
     

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