Breaking news this week, it appears Apple, maker of the wildly popular iPod music player, has been caught embedding users personal information in the music files they buy from iTunes.
CNET News.com: “Apple includes customer names and e-mail addresses within song files purchased from iTunes, according to Fred von Lohmann, an EFF attorney. Several tech blogs wrote about the embedded information this week after Apple launched iTunes Plus, a service that features music stripped of controversial copy-protection software.”
Von Lohmann pointed out that data could easily be compromised if an iPod is lost or stolen.
“It’s not as bad as losing a credit card number,” von Lohmann said, “but it’s still information that people wouldn’t want floating around out there–especially without them knowing about it.”