Apple CEO Steve Jobs says the company will fix iPhones so they can’t inadvertently track users’ locations.
Jobs told “The Wall Street Journal” the popular smartphones never transmitted their precise locations. But he does concede that Apple gathers data from the phones about nearby cellular and WiFi installations. Jobs blamed a bug in the iPhone for storing locations sometimes for months, even if that feature had been turned off. Apple came under fire after users discovered their iPhones apparently had tracked their every move. Jobs insists that isn’t the case. However, the “Journal” tested iPhones and found their unencrypted databases still stored recent locations in them. Both Apple and Google are facing congressional scrutiny for how their smartphones collect and use personal data. Jobs said Apple plans to testify to Congress about the issue.