The world's largest technology company by market capitalization may soon rival the National Security Agency in its ability to track Americans using their cell phones.
Apple Inc. is now tracking the "precise," "real-time geographic location" of iPhones, iPads and Macintosh computers -- and has unwittingly gotten its customers to sign off on their being tracked by making a little-noticed modification to the language in its apps store.
The company's "partners and licensees" will now be able to collect and store data about your location.
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