Apple on Wednesday responded to growing concern over a bug in the iOS mobile operating system that powers the iPhone and iPad, informing customers that it is not tracking them and revealing that it will address the issue with a forthcoming software update.
As I mentioned before, this is not a problem. There is a valid reason for the data. They just forgot to make sure that it was being erased properly. As the message from Apple stated:
6. People have identified up to a year’s worth of location data being stored on the iPhone. Why does my iPhone need so much data in order to assist it in finding my location today?
This data is not the iPhone’s location data—it is a subset (cache) of the crowd-sourced Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower database which is downloaded from Apple into the iPhone to assist the iPhone in rapidly and accurately calculating location. The reason the iPhone stores so much data is a bug we uncovered and plan to fix shortly (see Software Update section below). We don’t think the iPhone needs to store more than seven days of this data.
INstead of running off with wild stories, mostly designed to increase page hits, maybe it would be better to actually talk with the company first. We seem to be in such a rush to find conspiracies for anything that I even expect people to disregard this message from Apple.