Apple hit the headlines at the end of last week as some clever bods revealed that Apple’s iPhone had been tracking the movements of their users, here this obviously send privacy advocates into overdrive.
Well Steve Jobs gave an interview to All Things D, and went into the details about the supposed tracking and stated that the iPhone doesn’t track anyone’s movements.
“We haven’t been tracking anyone,” said Jobs. “The files they found on these phones, as we explained, it turned out were basically files we have built through anonymous, crowd-sourced information that we collect from the tens of millions of iPhones out there.”
Jobs continued to suggest that it was a storm in a tea cup and had been blown way out of proportion, and it was something the industry would struggle with as they explain complex systems in layman’s terms – to people who don’t really understand the technology in their pockets.
“As new technology comes into the society there is a period of adjustment and education. We haven’t, as an industry, done a very good job educating people, I think, as to some of the more subtle things going on here. As such, people jumped to a lot of wrong conclusions in the last week.”
Jobs said Apple was looking forward to clarifying the situation further when the company testifies before the US congress and other regulatory bodies in the coming weeks and months.
“I think Apple will be testifying,” Jobs said. “They have asked us to come and we will honor their request, of course.”
Jobs also said it will be interesting to see how aggressively the press tracks the issue and looks at what other players in the industry do.