The creepy hidden map inside your iPhone that records everywhere you go including times and dates – and how to disable it
- Frequent locations is believed to have featured on iPhones since 2013
- Tracks where each user goes, how often they go there, and for how long
- Feature is automatically turned on and users are never told it is running
- Button to turn it off is buried at the bottom of five different menu screens
It is perhaps no secret that mapping services in your phone have long been able to identify where you’re going and record how often you go there.
But it will perhaps come as a shock to Apple users to discover that their phones are actually plotting that information on an actual map that they can access.
Even more shocking, when you actually open that map, is how much information your device is secretly collecting on you – including the date and time of your visits to particular locations, and how long you stayed there for each time.
Hidden inside your iPhone is a secret map which details everywhere you have been in the last few weeks, how many times you visited each place, when you went there, and how long you stayed there each time
Called ‘frequent locations’, the map is automatically enabled for most iPhone users, but can be turned off from this menu
The feature has existed at least since the launch of iOS 7, which was launched in June 2013 and had been installed on 89 per cent of devices by 2014, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook.
The map, called Frequent Locations, appears to be automatically enabled for most iPhone users who are left completely
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