Thursday, April 21, 2011
EU DICTATOR (WORLD LEADER)
DICK MORRIS-This truly creates a global economic system. From now on, don’t look to Washington for the rule making, look to Brussels.
1 THESSALONIANS 5:3-7
2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
7 For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.
2 THESSALONIANS 2:3-4
3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed,(EU WORLD DICTATOR)the son of perdition;
4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
12 And the ten horns (NATIONS) which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
13 These have one mind,(WORLD SOCIALISM) and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.
1 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.
2 And I saw, and behold a white horse:(PEACE) and he that sat on him had a bow;(EU DICTATOR) and a crown was given unto him:(PRESIDENT OF THE EU) and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.(MILITARY GENIUS)
2 THESSALONIANS 2:9-12
9 Even him,(EU WORLD DICTATOR) whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion,(THE FALSE RESURRECTION BY THE WORLD DICTATOR) that they should believe a lie:
12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.(THE EU AND ITS DICTATOR IS GODLESS)
2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.(DICTATOR COMES FROM NEW AGE OR OCCULT)
3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death;(MURDERERD) and his deadly wound was healed:(COMES BACK TO LIFE) and all the world wondered after the beast.(THE WORLD THINKS ITS GOD IN THE FLESH, MESSIAH TO ISRAEL)
4 And they worshipped the dragon (SATAN) which gave power unto the beast:(JEWISH EU DICTATOR) and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?(FALSE RESURRECTION,SATAN BRINGS HIM TO LIFE)
5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.(GIVEN WORLD CONTROL FOR 3 1/2YRS)
6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God,(HES A GOD HATER) to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.(HES A LIBERAL OR DEMOCRAT,WILL PUT ANYTHING ABOUT GOD DOWN)
7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints,(BEHEAD THEM) and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.(WORLD DOMINATION)
8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.(WORLD DICTATOR)
9 If any man have an ear, let him hear.
10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.(SAVED CHRISTIANS AND JEWS DIE FOR THEIR FAITH AT THIS TIME,NOW WE ARE SAVED BY GRACE BUT DURING THE 7 YEARS OF HELL ON EARTH, PEOPLE WILL BE PUT TO DEATH (BEHEADINGS) FOR THEIR BELIEF IN GOD (JESUS) OR THE BIBLE.
THE WEEK OF DANIEL 9:27 WE KNOW ITS 7 YRS
Heres the scripture 1 week = 7 yrs Genesis 29:27-29
27 Fulfil her week, and we will give thee this also for the service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years.
28 And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week: and he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife also.
29 And Laban gave to Rachel his daughter Bilhah his handmaid to be her maid.
26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come (ROMANS IN AD 70) shall destroy the city and the sanctuary;(ROMANS DESTROYED THE 2ND TEMPLE) and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
27 And he( EU ROMAN, JEWISH DICTATOR) shall confirm the covenant with many for one week:( 7 YEARS) and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease,( 3 1/2 YRS) and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
JOB 24:1-25 (WHAT NEW WORLD ORDER CONTROL FREAKS DO TO US)
1 Why, seeing times are not hidden from the Almighty, do they that know him not see his days?
2 Some remove the landmarks; they violently take away flocks, and feed thereof.
3 They drive away the ass of the fatherless, they take the widow's ox for a pledge.
4 They turn the needy out of the way: the poor of the earth hide themselves together.
5 Behold, as wild asses in the desert, go they forth to their work; rising betimes for a prey: the wilderness yieldeth food for them and for their children.
6 They reap every one his corn in the field: and they gather the vintage of the wicked.
7 They cause the naked to lodge without clothing, that they have no covering in the cold.
8 They are wet with the showers of the mountains, and embrace the rock for want of a shelter.
9 They pluck the fatherless from the breast, and take a pledge of the poor.
10 They cause him to go naked without clothing, and they take away the sheaf from the hungry;
11 Which make oil within their walls, and tread their winepresses, and suffer thirst.
12 Men groan from out of the city, and the soul of the wounded crieth out: yet God layeth not folly to them.
13 They are of those that rebel against the light; they know not the ways thereof, nor abide in the paths thereof.
14 The murderer rising with the light killeth the poor and needy, and in the night is as a thief.
15 The eye also of the adulterer waiteth for the twilight, saying, No eye shall see me: and disguiseth his face.
16 In the dark they dig through houses, which they had marked for themselves in the daytime: they know not the light.
17 For the morning is to them even as the shadow of death: if one know them, they are in the terrors of the shadow of death.
18 He is swift as the waters; their portion is cursed in the earth: he beholdeth not the way of the vineyards.
19 Drought and heat consume the snow waters: so doth the grave those which have sinned.
20 The womb shall forget him; the worm shall feed sweetly on him; he shall be no more remembered; and wickedness shall be broken as a tree.
21 He evil entreateth the barren that beareth not: and doeth not good to the widow.
22 He draweth also the mighty with his power: he riseth up, and no man is sure of life.
23 Though it be given him to be in safety, whereon he resteth; yet his eyes are upon their ways.
24 They are exalted for a little while, but are gone and brought low; they are taken out of the way as all other, and cut off as the tops of the ears of corn.
25 And if it be not so now, who will make me a liar, and make my speech nothing worth?
DICK MORRIS-This truly creates a global economic system. From now on, don’t look to Washington for the rule making, look to Brussels.
LORD MONCKTON ON WORLD GOVERNMENT
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities,(DEMONIC ANGELS IN HIGH PLACES) against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.(SPIRTIUAL DEMONIC PERSONS)
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
LUKE 4:5-7(BECAUSE SATAN OFFERS WORLD POWER, WORLD ORDERERS HAVE ACCEPTED SATANS GIFT)
5 And the devil, taking him (JESUS) up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.
6 And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.
7 If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.
23 Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.
24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.
25 And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.
4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
16 And he causeth all,(WORLD SOCIALISM) both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
7 And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.
9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.
10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.
12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.
We shall have World Government, whether or not we like it. The only question is whether World Government will be achieved by conquest or consent.James Paul Warburg appearing before the Senate on 7th February 1950
Like a famous WWII Belgian General,Paul Henry Spock said in 1957:We need no commission, we have already too many. What we need is a man who is great enough to be able to keep all the people in subjection to himself and to lift us out of the economic bog into which we threaten to sink. Send us such a man. Be he a god or a devil, we will accept him.And today, sadly, the world is indeed ready for such a man.
16 And he(FALSE POPE) causeth all,(WORLD SOCIALISM) both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:(CHIP IMPLANT)
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.(6-6-6) A NUMBER SYSTEM
I'M GOING BY THE THINKING OF THE NWO NUTCASES IN THE FOLLOWING COMMENT.NOT MY THINKING.I'M ONE OF THOSE CHRISTIANS THEY WANT RE-EDUCATED AND RECYCLED.
THIS TRACKING INCLUDES ALL CELL PHONES.THEY CAN LISTEN INTO TO YOUR HOME EVEN WHEN THE CELL PHONES ARE SHUT OFF.WITH COMPUTERS,THEY CAN WATCH YOU THROUGH YOUR COMPUTER AND TELEVISION EVEN WHEN THEIR TURNED OFF.SO WE SEE THE DICTATORSHIP IS HERE ALL WE NEED IS THE SATANIC-DEMONIC WORLD LEADER TO COME ON THE SCENE AND CONTROL EVERYONE BY HIS MICROCHIP IMPLAMENTATION WHICH OVIOUSLY WILL BE CONNECTED TO THE INTERNET,ALL CELL PHONES,ALL GPS,ALL ELECTRONICS AND ALL CREDIT CARDS AND BANKS.IT WILL BE A FULL CIRCLE,FRAUDLESS,ERROR FREE SYSTEM THEY WILL CLAIM TO PROTECT YOU IN EVERY WAY.ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS USE THESE ITEMS.WE WILL GET A TAX ON EVERYTHING TO PROTECT YOU WITH THIS CHIP IMPLEMENTATION UNDER YOUR SKIN.AND WE WILL LIVE IN A CRIME FREE-TERRORISM FREE-ENVIROMENTAL WORSHIPPING WORLD,JUST AS LONG AS YOU SHEEPLE WORSHIP US NEW WORLD ORDER NUTCASES AS A GOD ON EARTH.AND IF NOT WE ARE FORCED TO SANCTION YOUR MICROCHIP IMPLANT BY SHUTING IT OFF SO YOU CAN NOT BUY OR SELL.AND IF YOU REALLY REBELL AGAINST US NUTCASES YOU ARE FORCED TO BE KILLED FOR THE GOOD OF THE EARTH AND BECAUSE YOU WOULD NOT LIVE UP TO OUR NEW AGE OF UTOPIA (LOVE-PEACE MOVEMENT).THIS INCLUDES THOSE CHRISTIANS WHO TAKE THE BIBLE LITERALLY AND STICK TO THE BIBLE(THE OLD NEWS)INSTEAD OF OUR UTOPIA,ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT PROPIGANDA.WE THE NWO NUTCASES WISH YOU WOULD CHANGE YOUR MINDS AND COME TO YOUR SENSES,BUT UNFORTUNATELY USE BELIEVE IN A GOD TRINITY (FATHER-SON-HOLY SPIRIT)WHO WILL SAVE USE INSTEAD OF OUR SYSTEM THAT GIVES YOU EVERYTHING AS LONG AS YOU SHEEPLE WORSHIP US AS GOD OF EVERYTHING.BUT IF USE REFUSE TO WORSHIP OUR NEW AGE LEADER(WORLD DICTATOR),WE ARE FORCED TO ELIMATE USE BY BEHEADING USE FOR NOT WORSHIPPING US AND WORSHIPPING JESUS,WHO USE CALL THE ONE GOD OF ISRAEL AND THE WHOLE WORLD.THE ONLY WAY TO SALVATION AND NO OTHER.UNFORTUNATELY THIS PRIMITIVE BELIEF CLASHES WITH OUR NEW AGE-NEW WORLD ORDER-ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT NUTCASE BELIEFS,SO THE BELIEVERS IN KING JESUS MUST GO TO HIM AS THEY CLAIM.OR WHEN THEY GET BEHEADED THE ALIENS WILL TAKE THEM AND LIKE OUR BELIEFS,THEY WILL HELP REINCARNATE THESE CLOSE MINDED PEOPLE,WILL RE-EDUCATE THEM,AND SEND THEM BACK TO EARTH AS RENEWD FLYS OR ANTS OR SCUM EVEN(TO EVOLVE)INTO OUR KIND OF THINKING.AFTER ALL WE NUTCASES BELIEVE IN EVOLUTION AND IF THE ALIENS SEND THE RE-EDUCATED BACK AS SCUM,THEN THEY CAN EVOLVE INTO ONE OF US UNDER OUR DICTATORSHIP.AND IF NOT WE JUST SEND THEM BACK AGAIN TO THE ALIENS TO BE RE-EDUCATED.ITS AN EVOLVING ROUND TABLE FOR US.RECYCLE TILL THEY COME TO OUR NEW AGE-NUTCASE BELIEFS,NO MATTER HOW LONG IT TAKES.
iPhones and iPads track users via hidden file
By Jack Clark (@mappingbabel), 20 April, 2011 17:05
Mapping Babel-From datacentres down to USB keys, if it involves storage, I'll be looking at it.The movements of iPhones and 3G iPads have been have been recorded by Apple in a hidden file, since the introduction of its iOS 4 operating system, researchers have found.On Thursday, at the Where 2.0 conference, researchers Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden said geographic information is written to a database that is restored across operating system backups and device migrations and is hidden from the user.What makes this issue worse is that the file is unencrypted and unprotected, and it's on any machine you've synched with your iOS device, Allan wrote on Thursday. It can also be easily accessed on the device itself if it falls into the wrong hands.Anybody with access to this file knows where you've been over the last year, since iOS 4 was released, he wrote.Though the data is stored on local devices and synced devices, there is no evidence that it's being transmitted beyond your device and any machines you sync it with,the researchers said.A FAQ page is available along with an open source application that displays the hidden file and outputs the data as a user's location history on a map.Apple's operating system was renamed to iOS 4 alongside the release of the iPhone 4 in 2010. The 3 and 3GS incarnations of the iPhones can be upgraded to it as well.At the time of writing, the researchers had not heard back from Apple, which they had contacted for information.
Cops Use Mobile Scanner To Steal Cellphone Data From Innocent Americans
Paul Joseph Watson Infowars.com April 20, 2011
If there was a scintilla of doubt as to whether Americans are living in a predatory police state, then this story completely eviscerates it. Michigan state police have been using a handheld mobile forensics device to steal information from cell phones belonging to motorists stopped for minor traffic violations.The high-tech device works with 3000 different phone models and can bypass passwords to process Complete extraction of existing, hidden, and deleted phone data, including call history, text messages, contacts, images, and geotags, according to CelleBrite, the company behind the device. The Physical Analyzer allows visualization of both existing and deleted locations on Google Earth. In addition, location information from GPS devices and image geotags can be mapped on Google Maps.A US Department of Justice test of the CelleBrite UFED used by Michigan police found the device could grab all of the photos and video off of an iPhone within one-and-a-half minutes, reports TheNewspaper.com.Michigan state police have been using the device to conduct 4th amendment-violating searches of motorists’ phones who have not even been suspected of any crime.To add insult to injury, when the ACLU attempted to file a freedom of information act request to discover how police were using the devices, they were slapped with a demand for $544,680 from the Michigan state police.The fact that Americans are now considered guilty until proven innocent and treated like terrorists by cops who have been trained that their role is no longer to serve and protect but to harass and abuse is fast becoming a glib concept.The question really boils down to whether anyone actually cares. Most Americans couldn’t live without their smart phone and now give it more attention than their own children. We are being enslaved through our own overdependence on gadgets and technology.
As the ACLU points out, use of the devices is completely illegal as it clearly violates the 4th amendment.With certain exceptions that do not apply here, a search cannot occur without a warrant in which a judicial officer determines that there is probable cause to believe that the search will yield evidence of criminal activity, ACLU staff attorney Mark P. Fancher wrote.A device that allows immediate, surreptitious intrusion into private data creates enormous risks that troopers will ignore these requirements to the detriment of the constitutional rights of persons whose cell phones are searched.With the ACLU currently embroiled in a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security in an effort to stop its warrantless searches of laptops belonging to anyone who enters the United States, another legal fight in the case of the mobile cellphone scanner device is also on the cards.
iPhone tracking data FAQ: What does it mean for you?
By Elinor Mills and Josh Lowensohn, CNET News, 21 April, 2011 17:30
FAQResearchers announced on Wednesday that they found what look like secret files on the iPhone that track user location and store it on the device, without the permission of the device owner. It is unclear what the data is used for and why Apple has been collecting it in iOS products that carry a 3G antenna for nearly a year now.Alasdair Allan, senior research fellow in astronomy at the University of Exeter, and writer Pete Warden, who discovered the log file and created a tool that lets users see a visualisation of that data, say there's no evidence of that information being sent to Apple or anybody else. Even so, the pair note that the data is unencrypted, giving anyone with access to your phone or computer where backups may be stored a way to grab the data and extrapolate a person's whereabouts and routines.To help users understand more about the data that's being collected, what the risks are, and what they can do about it, ZDNet UK's sister site CNET News has put together this FAQ:
Who are the researchers and how did they find this?
Warden, who used to work at Apple (though not on the iPhone), and Allan had been collaborating on some location data visualisation projects, including a visualisation of radiation levels over time in Japan after the earthquake, when Allan discovered the file on an iPhone. After we dug further and visualised the extracted data, it became clear that there was a scary amount of detail on our movements,they wrote in a blog post.The data is unencrypted, giving anyone with access to your phone or computer where backups may be stored a way to grab the data and extrapolate a person's whereabouts.
When did this start and what devices are tracking this data?
According to Allan and Warden, the tracking did not begin until iOS 4, which was released in late June 2010. This was the first version of iOS to drop support for devices like the original iPhone, with devices like the iPhone 3G and second-generation iPod Touch getting a more limited feature set. Along with iPhones, 3G-enabled iPads are also keeping track of the data, though it's unclear if this is true for people who have 3G devices without active cellular subscriptions.The tracking data itself was actually discovered in 2010. A tool by French programmer Paul Courbis, similar to the one released by Allan and Warden, is able to plot up to 10,000 of these data points from the database file to a Google Map. The issue was known in forensics circles but not widely, Allan and Warden said in a news conference on Wednesday at the Where 2.0 conference in Santa Clara, California. An application they released that allows people to see what data is on individual devices makes the abstract tracking concept more real.Researchers announced on Wednesday that they found what look like secret files on the iPhone that track user location. Screenshot: Josh Lowensohn/CNET News
Did they contact Apple on their findings?
The researchers said they had contacted Apple's Product Security team, but hadn't heard back.
Where is this data being stored?
The database of location information is stored primarily on your phone, though due to the iOS device backup system in iTunes, these files can also end up on your computer. When iTunes saves these backups, which are set by default to be stored every time you sync an iOS device, the data file goes along with it.What's curious is that this log can extend across multiple devices as long as those devices use the same restore point. Allan and Warden noted that the database used as part of the project spanned an iPhone 3GS and an iPhone 4, the latter of which had used a restore point.The researchers have more technical details and the downloadable application to see a visualisation of the data collected from your phone over time in this FAQ. The application does not work with iPhones on US network Verizon, the researchers said.
What's inside this data?
A database of cell tower co-ordinates and time stamps to indicate when your device was connecting with them. This includes which operator you're on and the country code. The research also found that Apple was tracking data about what Wi-Fi networks you were connecting to, which also included slightly less accurate location information, but continued to track that data by time.The researchers' visualisation app (above) shows large blue dots for frequent activity and smaller red or orange-coloured dots for less frequent activity. However, it's unclear exactly what is triggering the logging, they said.
Is there an easier way to see that information than a giant database form?
Yes, Allan and Warden created an open-source software program that is able to go through the data from the database file and turn it into a visualisation of what towers your device connected to based on the dates and times. The pair say......the application intentionally cuts down on the accuracy of this data to keep the software from being used for bad things. You're also likely to see points in places you haven't been, since the tracking tools within the iPhone make use of nearby cell towers to triangulate location. As a data geek I was excited to have this data set, but I don't want anyone else to have this data,Allan said.
What is the harm with this data being collected and stored on the device?
By passively logging your location without your permission, Apple [has] made it possible for anyone from a jealous spouse to a private investigator to get a detailed picture of your movements,the researchers wrote in their FAQ.By passively logging your location without your permission, Apple [has] made it possible for anyone from a jealous spouse to a private investigator to get a detailed picture of your movements.
– Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden While acknowledging that there is no need to panic, the researchers noted that if someone gets hold of the device, they can access the unencrypted data. Your cell operator has this information,they said at the news conference. Anyone who wants it has to get a court order to get that from a provider. But now, all you have to do is lose your phone in a bar.Apps on the device cannot access the data, because it is sandboxed, the researchers said. However, it could be accessed by software on the computer that holds the backup, they said.
How do I protect this data from being seen by others?
The data file itself is completely unencrypted, meaning anyone who gets hold of it can access the data freely. On the iTunes side, there's an option to encrypt your backups, which will keep someone who gets access to a backup file while rummaging through your hard drive from being able to dig through it and pull out the database file.To enable that feature, click on the device icon when it's plugged into iTunes, then check the Encrypt iPhone Backup item in the Options area. As for your iPhone, or iPad with 3G, your best bet is to keep someone else from getting it in the first place, and then using Apple's free Find My iPhone app to do a remote wipe if it's lost or stolen.Turning on the backup encryption feature within iTunes can help protect your data. Screenshot: Josh Lowensohn/CNET News.Turning on the backup encryption feature within iTunes can keep those who get access to the file from digging through it to pull out location information.
How do I turn this tracking off?
Right now there's no way to turn the tracking off, since it's a baked into the operating system. Turning off GPS will make the device less functional for location-based services such as mapping.
Can Apple do this?
According to the iTunes terms and conditions, yes. The company pretty clearly spells out its right to collect, use, and share location data any time it pleases. From the document:
Apple and our partners and licensees may collect, use, and share precise location data, including the real-time geographic location of your Apple computer or device. This location data is collected anonymously in a form that does not personally identify you and is used by Apple and our partners and licensees to provide and improve location-based products and services. For example, we may share geographic location with application providers when you opt in to their location services.Some location-based services offered by Apple, such as the MobileMe Find My iPhone feature, require your personal information for the feature to work.That said, the company made a big kerfuffle about making third-party application providers — as well as the built-in Google Maps application — alert users when location was being used by including an arrow in the status bar that is required to appear whenever the phone is sending or receiving location data. This feature came as part of iOS 4, which is when the company began the tracking process.Apple chief executive Steve Jobs also made it a point during an interview at the D8 conference in 2010 that privacy was a topic of utmost importance to the company. Before any app can get location data, they can't just put up a panel asking if it can use location, they call our panel and it asks you if it's OK,Jobs said. That's one of the reasons we have the curated App Store. A lot of the people in the Valley think we're old-fashioned about this. But we take it seriously.
Why is Apple doing this?
Apple has not responded to requests for comment. Allan and Warden suggest the company has been using this tracking technology as a precursor to extended location-based services it plans to add as a part of a future version of iOS.Backing that claim up is......an Apple patent application that surfaced back in February, which showed that Apple was considering a service called Places. Based on the filing, the service would offer Apple device owners a way to locate one another using GPS. While there are third-party applications like Loopt, Foursquare and Beluga that let people do this, such a feature would presumably be a built-in part of the phone, and rely on geodata logging for any past history features.There are legitimate use cases here, but the matter underscores the need for vendors to be clear about what data they collect and what they are doing with it,said Kevin Mahaffey, chief technology officer of mobile security provider Lookout in a call with CNET News.
Is Apple the only one doing this?
Android does not appear to do this, sources familiar with the platform said. A Google spokeswoman said the company had no comment on the matter. A Microsoft representative told CNET News that the company's Windows Phone platform does not store location history, and that the Find My Phone service only keeps the phone's most recent location.CNET News asked Research In Motion (RIM) and Nokia whether their devices track behind-the-scenes location data, but has not yet heard back from them. These platforms let users track their own movements with GPS apps, though it's unclear whether there's tracking going on behind the scenes.Coming back to the greater issue about location grabbing, Apple is not the first company to collect data without users knowing. Google fell in hot water in 2010 after admitting that it was collecting data from non password-protected Wi-Fi networks for three years as part of its Street View project. As the Street View car with the camera on top would drive around, collecting imagery, it was also sniffing out information about nearby open networks. Following the privacy probes that came as a result of the disclosure, Google stopped the practice back in October.Any questions we didn't cover? Feel free to leave them in the comments.This story originally appeared as Your iPhone's watching you. Should you care? (FAQ) on CNET News.