Today, Apple broke its silenae over the location data controversy; in this regard the Cupertino company has posted a Q on its comapny blog and later the CEO Steve Jobs with AllThingsD's Ina Fried talked about the location controversy.
"We haven't been tracking anyone." "The files they found on these phones, as we explained, it turned out were basically files we have built through anonymous, crowdsourced information that we collect from the tens of millions of iPhones out there."
Jobs declined to comment on the practices of other companies, including Google, but stressed that Apple requires users to turn on location-based information and allow it for each application. It also gives people a way to see which applications have been using such information both at the time and over the past 24 hours.
Apple of course admitted it wasn't diligent in auditing the software to make sure that information wasn't stored longer than necessary. It'll fix these "bugs" in an upcoming update. Jobs continued:
As new technology comes into the society there's a period of adjustment and education," Jobs said. "We haven't as an industry done a very good job educating people I think, as to some of the more subtle things going on here. As such (people) jumped to a lot of wrong conclusions in the last week." He said Apple looks forward to testifying before Congress and other regulatory bodies and said the company will do what it can to clarify things further." I think Apple will be testifying," Jobs said. "They've asked us to come and we'll honor their request of course."
(Jobs and Andy Rubin at AllthingsD earlier this year)