Welcome to my blog. In here I hope to share with you tips, tricks, hacks and code that will make your life easier as a network administrator or general computer user. I come with a background in computer engineering and have worked for the past 12 years in the Library world as Manager of Library Systems. Even though some of my posts may be Library specific, most will be of use to all computer users.

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Friday, October 18, 2013

iOS 7 is Tracking your frequently visited locations and how do you disable this feature.

Apple's new iOS 7 adds plenty of new useful features to your iPhone, but one new feature has gotten a lot of attention lately because of how it tracks your frequently visited locations. The "frequent locations" is used to "learned" places you frequently visit in order to provide useful location-related information to you (probably via iAds). But the fact that this service comes turned on without your knowledge, is of concern to users and even Ontario's Privacy Commissioner, Ann Cavoukian is warning people to disable this feature on their iPhones.

To remove this feature, you have to dig deep into the iPhone settings by going to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > scroll to the bottom > System Services  > scroll to the bottom>  Frequent Locations > switch the option to off. 

On Apple's support page (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5594) they explain that this service will keep track of places you have recently been, as well as how often and when you visited them, in order to learn places that are significant to you. This data is kept solely on your device and won't be sent to Apple without your consent.

One thing that I did find while comparing the iPhone 5C with iOS 7 upgrade and an iPad 2 with the iOS7 upgrade was that, oddly enough, the iPad doesn't have this Frequent Locations feature. So please check your devices to be sure that this feature is not enabled, and if enabled, disable this feature.

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