terms and conditions

IPhone’s 15,200 words Terms and Condition has some hidden treasure.

I was just going through random Wikipedia articles on Apple inc and found some disturbing facts. Quoting the Wikipedia sections –

Since April 20, 2011, a hidden unencrypted file on the iPhone and other iOS devices has been widely discussed in the media.[219][220] It was alleged that the file, labeled “consolidated.db”, constantly stores the iPhone user’s movement by approximating geographic locations calculated by triangulating nearby cell phone towers, a technology proven to be inaccurate at times.[221] The file was released with the June 2010 update of Apple iOS4 and may contain almost one year’s worth of data. Previous versions of iOS stored similar information in a file called “h-cells.plist”

F-Secure has stated that the information is transmitted to apple twice a day, in Apple’s effort to generate a global locations database similar to Google. However unlike Google latitude Apple does not provide the user with any EULA(End user License Aggrement). Apple has put this in its 15,200 word long iphone terms and conditions. This reminds me of the famous South Park episode – http://www.southparkstudios.com/full-episodes/s15e01-humancentipad

Apple claims it has reduced the size of cache, which previously stored data worth a year, which apple claims was just a mistake.

Bottom line is that EULA and Terms and Conditions are equally important as your house agreement. When you lease your house, don’t you read the words on the stamp paper a hundred times, then why be lazy while reading the terms and conditions. Remember they too have an equal importance.

Link to the Wikipedia Article – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPhone#Intellectual_property