Bloomberg reports that two Tampa, Florida-based iPhone customers have sued Apple over the controversial iPhone location tracking issue. The customers claim that Apple is secretly recording the whereabouts of iPhone and iPad users.
The complaint cited a report last week by two computer programmers claiming that Apple’s iOS4 operating system is logging latitude-longitude coordinates along with the time a spot is visited. The programmers said Apple devices are collecting about a year’s worth of location data. Apple hasn’t commented on the matter since the April 20 report was released.
“We take issue specifically with the notion that Apple’s now basically tracking people everywhere they go,” Aaron Mayer, an attorney for the plaintiffs, said today in a telephone interview. “If you’re a federal marshal, you’ve to have a warrant to do this kind of thing, and Apple’s doing it without one.”
In a related news, MacRumors posts a purported Steve Jobs email from a reader who questions Apple’s location data stance:
Could you please explain the necessity of the passive location-tracking tool embedded in my iPhone? It’s kind of unnerving knowing that my exact location is being recorded at all times. Maybe you could shed some light on this for me before I switch to a Droid. They don’t track me.
A: Oh yes they do. We don’t track anyone. The info circulating around is false. Sent from my iPhone