In one of his (in)famous one-line email replies, and never to mince his words, Steve Jobs has blatantly accused Google of tracking users and denied his company does so, when a MacRumors users asked to shed some light on the recent GPS tracking fiasco. Here is how the conversation went:
Could you please explain the necessity of the passive location-tracking tool embedded in my iPhone? It’s kind of unnerving knowing that my exact location is being recorded at all times. Maybe you could shed some light on this for me before I switch to a Droid. They don’t track me.
A: Oh yes they do. We don’t track anyone. The info circulating around is false.
Sent from my iPhone
Apple had earlier clarified the its devices were only recording GPS coordinates and cell tower information to help apps become location aware faster than having the user wait for a couple of mins. However, we would take that with a pinch of salt.