Friday, April 22, 2011

Stephen Wicker on iOS user privacy

Professor Stephen Wicker was quoted in Network World's article "Cornell prof warns iPhone, iPad users: "We're selling our privacy" about the recently reported location logging by the iPhone and iPad. The Network World article quotes Professor Wicker:

"It is vitally important to recognize that cellular telephony is a surveillance technology, and that unless we openly discuss this surveillance capability and craft appropriate legal and technological limits to that capability, we may lose some or all of the social benefits of this technology, as well as a significant piece of ourselves," says Stephen Wicker, Cornell professor of electrical and computer engineering. "Most people don't understand that we're selling our privacy to have these devices."