Recommended Read: Marco Arment, on the iPhone tracking database thing


Marco Arment, the creator of Instapaper, on trackgate:

The reason everyone’s up in arms about the iPhone’s location database, I think, isn’t that the data is particularly incriminating or embarrassing for most people. Rather, we’ve simply been reminded quite how much of our lives these convenient pocket computers are privy to.

People would be similarly freaked out, if not more so, if they saw how much Facebook and Google know about them. But there are two major differences.

Click through to read the rest of his thoughts. I think he’s spot on, and I have had similar thoughts with Dropbox’s service. What do you think about all of this? Is the tracking thing a big deal?

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