Jobs Says Apple Made Mistakes With iPhone Data
Posted in: Mobile & Wireless at 28/04/2011 16:55
Hoping to put to rest a growing controversy over privacy, Steven P. Jobs, Apple's chief executive, took the unusual step of personally explaining that while Apple had made mistakes in how it handled location data on its mobile devices, it had not used the iPhone and iPad to keep tabs on the whereabouts of its customers.
"We haven't been tracking anybody," Mr. Jobs said in an interview on Wednesday. "Never have. Never will."
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