Esme’s Blog: iPhone, iSpy

By Esme Murphy, WCCO-TV

My iPhone is a dazzling bit of technology, the ultimate Mom/Work accessory. Able to take photos of my kids and breaking news with a fell swoop, at every turn loaded with a new game by the minors in the house — how many versions of angry birds are there anyway? I can read PDF documents, the latest court documents, the latest anything our fabulous assignment editors throw my way.

But word that the iPhone is tracking me, that Apple is storing data on my comings and goings is not welcome news. Granted the tracking report on me is decidedly unglamorous. How about that 8:45 p.m. run last night to the local convenience store for white distilled vinegar for Easter eggs? How about that mad dash today from the soccer fields in Edina, to baseball in North St. Paul, to the WCCO-AM studios, to my basement to get Easter baskets ready, to the late night computer session scouring headlines for WCCO-TV Sunday morning?

Tracking my life would be an example of motherhood in over drive, something any parent could relate too, but would certainly not want to share. But all of us live lives that can turn, a stalker, a relationship turned bad, a loved one who falls victim to difficult circumstances.

Sen. Al Franken is the Chair of the new Senate Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law. He has sent a letter to Apple CEO Steve Jobs demanding answers on what the company is doing with the data it is collecting on millions of men, women and children. We all deserve answers and more importantly restrictions and regulation of a technology that may be dazzling, but presents a real threat to all of us.

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  • richard

    It makes me uncomfortable to say the least. If for no other reason than the fact that it’s not anyone elses business where I’m at. Additionally, what are they going to do with that information;who are they going to sell it to for even more corporate profit and who gets this info when they lose a file or the file gets hacked (which happens regularly) that contains this info? What about pedifiles who would use this info to abduct an innocent child?

  • Tony Rozycki

    Back when some telephones consisted of two tin cans connected by a string, an undesirable could track your location by following the string. Maybe that’s why the string phone era has pretty much passed by the wayside.

  • Shirley

    Dear Esme,
    I was diagnosed with Narrow Angle Glaucoma in February. I had yag laser iridotomys in both eyes in March. Now I’ve been put on Glaucoma eye drops and I’m having a problem with the drops.. I remember you were diagnosed with Glaucoma and I’m wondering if you could tell me if you are on the eye drops and if so, how you adjusted to them.
    Thank you so much for responding to my email. I’m very worried about my eyes and don’t know anyone that has Glaucoma.
    Sincerely, Shirley Miller

  • Karen Johnson

    Esme, My name is Karen Johnson. My friend, Susan Herda and I are going to Alaska with you and we are so excited we can hardly stand it, just like a couple of kids. I just wanted you to know that. Hope you don’t have to work too hard this last week before we go. I’m really looking forward to meeting you and seeing grand sights and doing exciting stuff on our tour. This note was to say Hello and check in with you. See ya, Karen

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