Your iPhone quietly tracks where you've been ... and how long you were there
Well, this is awkward and somewhat embarrassing.
I’ve been an iOS user since 2007 and at this point I can practically handle my iPhone blindfolded. But I was somehow mostly unaware of a system setting which allows the device to quietly track my "frequent locations."
Assuming you've got the more general "Location Services" setting toggled on — if you use any sort of location-based feature, app, or service on your device, odds are that you do — the "frequent locations" tracking is toggled on as well, by default. The setting for this feature can be found by navigating to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services > Frequent Locations. In that spot — which feels like the digital equivalent of the “bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying ‘Beware of the Leopard’” — you can toggle the tracking off and view (or clear) your “frequent locations” history.
The history on my iPhone doesn’t go back more than about a month — likely because I wiped the gadget around that time — and Apple’s support site claims that the data is kept solely on my device, but its existence made me cringe nonetheless. I would’ve liked to explicitly
acknowledge whether it’s alright for my iPhone to log these details. I probably would’ve been cool with it — as long as I’m sufficiently informed.
More details about the “frequent locations” feature:http://www.newsweek.com/your-iphone-knows-exactly-where-youve-been-and-how-long-you-spent-there-249475http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5594The quote about the locked filing cabinet comes from Douglas Adams’ “The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.”