Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Buggy Apple Patent for Tracking People on the iPhone Without their Consent

Oops, an Apple patent for the invasion of privacy via iPhone. See Kashmir Hill and the The Not-So-Private Parts at Forbes Blogs in Apple Filed a Patent Application in 2009 for What It’s Now Calling a 'Bug'.

Now, think about it, all you iPhone-owning patent yay-sayers out there, not only is Apple patenting YOUR hand motions to operate electronic equipment but they are also specifically PATENTING tracking YOU.

Is that an "invention" or "discovery" envisioned by the Constitution or did "tracking" come "Out of Africa"?

It would seem to me that any "tracking" system is simply an application of the state of the art at any time to something that was basically invented millennia ago by our hunting forefathers. I suppose there are millions of ways to do that. "Stop following me around!" Ever heard that?

But patentable? We would say not. Tracking is tracking. Nothing is discovered.

If a mobile phone can be located electronically then it is quite obvious that such information can be used to track where and when the phone is going and thus also to follow the activities and location of its owner viz. carrier.

In the days of regular phones, you knew people were home if they answered the phone. Tracked to the source. Brilliant? But surely not an invention.

Take a look at the drawing of this pandemonious "discovery":



When I was younger, we used to call this kind of stuff B.S.

I am still trying to figure out what the invention here is.

WHAT is the invention? Sneaky tracking by phone? People have done that before too.

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