Smartphones are mobile phones that can access the Internet and run applications. These features, along with its ability to take photos, capture videos and play movies and MP3, smartphones make a communication tool, essential productivity and entertainment. With so much to offer, it is no wonder that everyone from school children to the CEO have a smartphone with them at all times. This leads to interesting issues of privacy from smartphones also track your location.

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Apple Smartphones

If you own an iPhone or iPad you might be interested in a file called consolidated.db. According to PCWorld, Apple uses it to record your whereabouts receiving anonymous and encrypted Wi-Fi information and data from your device transmitting antennas to a global database of cell sites. After comparing your data from your database, update your Apple consolidated.db file to help you track your location without relying on a GPS signal. Apple says the phone only sends these consolidated.db are using your data when location services. You can make your phone continues to record these data clearing services. To find out what’s in the file from your smartphone, go to markolson.github.com / js-sqlite-map-thing /.Android Smartphones

Apple is not the only company that collects location data, Google is also involved in this practice. “The Wall Street Journal” found that if you choose the Google location services to configure your Android phone, send your device ID, locations of Wi-Fi and GPS coordinates from Google. Unlike Apple, Google does not just use this data to maintain database of cell sites, but also analyzes it to serve ads and more relevant content to your phone. Google says the company only receives anonymous Android phone data, but is under debate because each phone has its unique device identifier in their broadcasts.

Microsoft Smartphones

Microsoft is also a player in the smartphone market and added a section of questions and answers in your blog “Windows Phone 7” to address growing privacy concerns. According to this post, Microsoft has a database and Wi-Fi locations to collect information and car location data Wi-Fi smartphones shipped to the company. Microsoft says that only store data when Wi-Fi is enabled and location services using an application that requests location information. If all three conditions are not met, your phone does not transmit this information unless your GPS is activated. If you are using your phone’s GPS, pass along your address, and the coordinates, speed, latitude / longitude to Microsoft.

Apps for smartphones

The operating system of your smartphone is not the only thing that tracks your whereabouts have installed applications that also could be doing. According to the “Daily Mail” in the UK, a study revealed that 56 of 101 applications for smartphones transmit location and device identification data to application developers. This includes popular apps like “Angry Birds” and “Shazam”. Application developers collect this information so they can deliver more personalized ads to its users. Some of these, including those behind “Pandora” and “Paper Toss” even sent to advertising agencies the phone ID, location and demographic data collected from customers.