iPhones in Europe

Apple Inc. was recently held under siege by claims on breech of user privacy. It was revealed in news stories for the past months that location data from iPhone users were collected without complete consent from unknowing consumers. Your iPhone basically triangulates your location based on wifi and cell networks nearest your mobile.

Some users, nonetheless, were willing to donate their GIS data with full consent. These were subsequently grouped together by Crowdflow.net in order to create some beautiful visualizations. Below are videos showing the movement of 880 anonymous iPhones in Europe, mostly in Germany, on April 2011. You can maximize them to full window to get the most authentic effect.

It's amazing how such simple data can be made grand with just a few tweaks. These days of modern computing, data is king.

[videos are created by Crowdflow.net and are shared under a Creative Commons license]