Why does iMovie need location permission to see your Camera Roll?

Won't allow iMovie for iPad to know your location? Then it won't allow you to see your Camera Roll

Don't want to give iMovie for iPad the ability to know your location? Well then iMovie for iPad won't let you see your Camera Roll. No, it's not being petulant it's probably just an odd result of the way iOS handles permissions.

Camera Roll may contain geo-location data in the pictures and videos you've taken. If iMovie accesses Camera Roll, it gets access to that location data. My guess is that Apple feels it then needs permission to "see" the location data.

Personally I regard location data as highly private and see no reason why Camera or iMovie should have it unless I specifically turn it on while traveling to geotag something for future reference. So it's a little annoying that I can't access my non-geo tagged pictures and video in my location-denied iMovie, but hopefully Apple fixes the granularity on this in an update so tin-foil hat wearing privacy throwbacks by myself can scratch one more conspiracy off our walls... er... list.

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Rene Ritchie

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Why does iMovie need location permission to see your Camera Roll?


Many if the iMovie themes utilize the geo-data to mark points on a map. See the News theme for example. Kind of odd you can't get to ANY photos but, what can ya do? I personally don't care sharing my location data.

its required cuz, if geotags in the photos are included the iPhone/iPad only allow acces if you allow geolocating.

For me at least, I don't mind allowing location for any of the 'built-In' apps or other Apple made apps because I know the the information will not be missused. However, others like FB or twitter will never get my location for the simple reason of I don't trust them. Say what you will

I find it intresting those people who complain about location privacy when they have things like FourSquare. I mean come on people it is Apple asking for the location data I dont see the big deal Apple allready has your location data it's called Maps , safari , weather , AppStore , iAds and the camra. Also let's put it this way I they want your location they could flow you on FourSquare and if someone really wangled your location they could track it from any website that you go on to I do not mean to scare anyone but your location is only useful to a slect few people mostly advertisers and that data comes anonymously to then.

I agree. I don't run a meth lab or a prostitution ring, so I could give a damn if everyone knows my location. I also don't cover my car with a tarp so satellites won't be able to capture it in my driveway — do these paranoid people cover theirs?
People just like whining about things that they see other people whining about because they suspect it that must be important... without even know why.

Hey Fastlane (I.e. asshole) you should take heed of Benjamin Franklins words
"those who are willing to sacrifice essential liberties for temporary safety or convenience deserve neither. It's RIGHT we question/resist probes into our privacy, even if we aren't running a "meth lab" or "prostitution ring", you freaking idiot. The Constitution is what made this country great, but it's completely shredded with the new Executive Order NDRP, and it's brainwashed people like you who think its better for our country.

Uh logically it is not.
I don't give a damn about what you think. Do you think I give a damn? Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn. If I gave a damn about my son I would visit him.
Notice how despite the different uses you can tell when I do or don't care about a subject.

Because when you take pictures of certain things a. It could be recognized and recorded at the cia headquarters b. They'll have your name and info already so any prior trouble your phone and its pics will be monitored and they'll have the location of you and what ever you took a picture of. Believe it or not your privacy was gone after the " terrori$t " act... Lmfao!

For those arguing we shouldn't worry about Apple geotagging our every move, I have a question - Why does Apple need our location so badly that it prevents us using an App that we've paid for?