Apple has released the iOS 4.3.3 software update that fixes the location data tracking bug that was discovered on the iOS platform.
The discovery of a location tracking function on the iOS platform had sparked a privacy controversy that led Google and Microsoft to also admit that they periodically track user data for location based and advertising services.
The new update puts a cap on the amount of Wi-fi hotspot and cell tower data collected by the iPhone and prevents the device from backing up the data when synced with a PC.
The update also encrypts the location data stored on the device and gets deleted once the users turn off the location services from the phone’s settings.
When researchers discovered a secret cache file stored on the iPhone device, Apple was accused of secretly tracking users’ location. The company initially made not comment, then pointed out that there was a clause for it buried in iPhone user agreements and finally claimed the feature was a bug.
The company had also revealed that it was collecting the Wi-fi hotspot and cell tower data to build a massive database from a traffic service that will be launched some years from now.