You could see it coming, couldn’t you? The law firm of Wohl & Fruchter LLP has commenced an investigation into Apple’s collection of users’ location data on iPhone and iPad devices in a hidden file stored on the devices and on synced computers.

As first reported on April 20 by independent computer programmers, Apple’s iOS 4 operating system continuously collects user location data, up to 100times per day or more, and stores this data for months or years, together with time stamps of the locations recorded.

The firm’s investigation concerns whether Apple’s undisclosed collection and storage of user location data violates its legal obligations to users, including the terms of Apple’s privacy policy. Additional information is available at