June 21, 2010

アップルがAppleコンピュータ・端末の位置情報回収へ:Apple collecting, sharing iPhone locations

Apple updated its privacy policy today, adding Apple and its partners and licensees may collect, use, and share the real-time location of user's Apple computer or device.

The updated part of its privacy policy:
To provide location-based services on Apple products, Apple and our partners and licensees may collect, use, and share precise location data, including the real-time geographic location of your Apple computer or device. This location data is collected anonymously in a form that does not personally identify you and is used by Apple and our partners and licensees to provide and improve location-based products and services. For example, we may share geographic location with application providers when you opt in to their location services.

Some location-based services offered by Apple, such as the MobileMe "Find My iPhone" feature, require your personal information for the feature to work.
As LA Times pointed out, 'there's no way of opting out. When users attempt to download apps or media from the iTunes store, they are prompted to agree to the new terms and conditions. Until they agree, they cannot download anything through the store.'   CNet says "Google's policy on Android is worded almost exactly same":

Google offers location-enabled services, such as Google Maps for mobile. If you use those services, Google may receive information about your actual location (such as GPS signals sent by a mobile device) or information that can be used to approximate a location (such as a cell ID).
With Android, though, each app must declare what hardware and information it wants access to.  It may be the same, in effect, but Apple at least needs to make an opt-out option.

アップルがiTunes のプライバシー規約を今日改訂し、アップルとその提携企業とライセンシー各社がiPhone利用者とAppleコンピュータ利用者の現在地情報をリアルタイムで収集・使用・共有できるようになった。


情報は「個人の身元を特定しない匿名で」収集するようだが、用途の一例としてアップルが挙げているのは、MobileMeの「Find My iPhone」機能(紛失した携帯が遠隔操作で探せるサービス)。あとこれ以外にも「位置情報ベースの製品・サービスの提供と改善」に役立てるらしい。誰と共有し、どれぐらい長く保存するかなど、詳細は不明。

AndroidもGoogle Mapなどに必要なので位置情報は集めてるけど、サードパーティーのアプリは個別にユーザーに回収対象の端末を明記して同意をとらなきゃいけない。そりゃ全員から同意を強制的にとっちゃった方が旨みはあるだろうけど、最低限オプトアウトはできるようにしなくちゃね。

Apple Now Storing and Sharing Your Location With Others - Gizmodo - ギズモードの解説

[LA Times]


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