Monday, November 11, 2013
My iPhone is Stalking Me
Now it is saying "Right now it would take you about 15 minutes to drive to . . ." and an address. I assume the "right now" means it's looking at traffic (which I don't think is available in my little town) and figure it out. But the address is where I go to Toastmasters every Monday night.
Unbeknownst to me, my iPhone seems to be figuring out my schedule and, in an effort to be helpful, letting me know how long it would take to get where I usually go.
I'm trying to decide if I should be happy with the convenience or annoyed at the lack of privacy. Is this information going to Apple's servers? (If it were an Android phone, I would assume Google had the information and was trying to figure out a way to monetize it.) And if it's going to Apple's servers is it going to the NSA's servers?
I suppose I could turn off "Location Services" on the phone but that would eliminate so many convenient functions, including the map apps (I have the default Apple and the Google maps). If I were a criminal that would be the first thing I would do. Before the phone says, "Right now it would take you 35 minutes to get to the place you normally dump bodies."
And what else is my phone learning about me? How long until privacy is a quaint notion people used to worry about, you know, before smartphones and dumb governments made it null.