Location information: iOS 4.3.3 corrects the issue
May 05th, 2011 - 12:56 pm ET by C. D.
The new iOS 4.3.3 update brings with it the promised correction to limit the collection of location data on Apple mobile devices.
The corrective patch to get rid of location information collected on iOS devices didn’t take long to appear. A few days after explanations were provided that no individuals were tracked and that the anomalies witnessed (data stored for months, the collection of information when the location service was disabled, a copy of the file was kept in the iTunes backup...) were bugs, with Apple having corrected these with the update made available – iOS version 4.3.3.
This is all the update does according to the update description, which indicates that the collection file (consolidated.db) keeps information for a reduced time and that it isn’t included in the iTunes backup (which means it won’t be restored during each restore).
Encryption to be present in iOS 5 Besides this, iOS 4.3.3 now allows you to delete the file when the location service is disabled, giving users the possibility of enabling this service when they need it. As planned, Apple didn’t want to encrypt the file, with this to be implemented with iOS 5.
To update a device to iOS 4.3.3, you will still need to use the iTunes software. The iOS 4.3.3 update only affects the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4, the iPod Touch 3G and 4G and iPad and iPad 2 tablets.