Add Microsoft Windows Phone 7 to the list of mobile operating systems that silently transmit the precise physical location of the device back to a central database.
CNET reported the location tracking on Monday, almost a week after reports of similar tracking in Apple's iPhone and Google's Android mobile OS raised concerns that smartphones could be used by police, civil litigants, or abusive spouses to track an owner's movements over extended periods of time. [more]
No surprise at all!!
Im glad i dont own even a basic cell phone! (I havent ever liked any of this newer stuff,its all spying garbage)
Android phones do the same thing for Google, if I'm not mistaken. As long as I'm not personally identifiable (i.e. some random code to represent the device) I'm not terribly worried (i.e. not terribly paranoid) about it.
At the very least general position information can be gotten by looking at the cell towers that your phone is connected to. Cell phones are just one of those technologies that are going to have location information.
Personally I think the useful nature of gps location far out weights the risks.