Human Flight Recorder

The iPhone, the next Cyborg device that you carry to be online, anywhere. It’s also your Human Flight Recorder, documenting your whereabouts.

Researchers have discovered that the iPhone is keeping track of where you go and storing that information in a file that is stored – unencrypted and unprotected – on any machine with which you synchronize your phone.

Data scientists Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden came across the file – “consolidated.db” – while they were thinking about the potential trove of mobile data stored on a cellphone and thinking about ways to visualize this data.

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