Apple, after a week of silence, has responded to concerns about the iOS4 tracking issue by posting the “Apple Q&A on Location Data” (for background information, see my post “Stranger than fiction: Apple’s iOS4 is tracking your moves”).
I think Apple is doing the right thing, although several question remain unanswered.
In particular, I find it hard the believe that this was simply ‘a software bug’ that went undetected for months. After all, we’re talking about Apple and this is an important feature. You got to ask how this one could slip by them.
However, if they were aware of the issue, then how could they not disclose it to their users?
I don’t know the answer, but for now I’m giving them the benefit of the doubt.
See also Larry Magid’s article “Apple’s iPhone doublespeak”.