Apple’s hidden iPhone location tracking maps revealed

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If you have location services enabled on your iPhone with iOS 7, you can now see a visualization of the exact data Apple has stored on your whereabouts. These “hidden” maps were uncovered by Fast Company’s Co.LABS and can be found with a little digging through the settings menu. Here’s how:

  1. Open the Settings app and tap Privacy
  2. Navigate to Location Services
  3. At the bottom of the page, tap System Services
  4. Select Frequent Locations

Choose a specific region to see data maps of your most frequently visited locations.

As you will find, the location data is typically not accurate to the exact address, but it’s close enough. What you see should be the exact information that is being fed to Apple for use in providing location-based services such as weather.

If the data seems like more than you are willing to share, you might opt to disable location services. Regardless, it’s a nice bit of transparency in regards to location tracking on Apple’s part, even if it isn’t presented in the most transparent way.

[via FastCo.LABS]