Marco Arment:

For instance, this is exactly the information that an ad network would want to collect. And in order to get stats from 12 million devices, it would probably need to be from a set of popular, free apps… where you’d probably see ads.

What was that I kept hearing from people that argued for free, ad supported, models? Something about “no real cost to them”, “not caring about what the advertisers do with their info”, wonder if those same people don’t care about this as well?

That probably sounded like a thinly veiled “I told you so”. Let me restate: I told you so.

It likely won’t matter soon, as Arment points out, this is something that Apple is patching up — so that such data cannot be unknowingly siphoned off.


Posted by Ben Brooks