Windows Phones Do Not Track Your Every Move

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You know how everyone’s talking about how it was discovered that Apple’s iPhone and iOS 4 have been secretly tracking your every move? According to The Atlantic, forensic software can reveal a whole lot more about you just by accessing your iPhone. Android does a lot of the location tracking too, but in a slightly different way. So what about Windows Phone 7? PC Magazine decided to contact Microsoft, Nokia, RIM, Google, and HP about how the companies’ mobile platforms store location data, and none, except for Microsoft, have responded.

Microsoft told PCMag unequivocally that phones running Windows Phone 7 do not store location history. Like most other phones, the platform offers plenty of location-based apps, and those apps require user consent before they begin tracking. Windows Phones also offer the common feature of a “global switch” that lets the user disable all location services, and Microsoft says its “Find My Phone” service keeps only the phone’s most recent location.

So there you have it, even if you have the “Find My Phone” feature turned on, it only keeps track of where the phone was the last time it synced.

Source: PC Magazine

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Adam Z. Lein
Adam has had interests in combining technology with art since his first use of a Koala pad on an Apple computer. He currently has a day job as a graphic designer, photographer, systems administrator and web developer at a small design firm in Westchester, NY. His love of technology extends to software development companies who have often implemented his ideas for usability and feature enhancements. Mobile computing has become a necessity for Adam since his first Uniden UniPro PC100 in 1998. He has been reviewing and writing about smartphones for Pocketnow.com since they first appeared on the market in 2002.Read more about Adam Lein!