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China says iPhone’s location-tracking could compromise state secrets

Zach Epstein
July 11th, 2014 at 5:50 PM
iPhone Location Tracking

We saw plenty of complaints arise when it was first discovered that Apple’s iOS 7 software included a “frequent locations” function in the iPhone. The feature, which can be easily disabled, tracks users’ locations in order to determine the locations they visit most frequently. All sorts of privacy concerns arose, naturally, but none were quite as intense as the warnings issued on Friday morning by state broadcasters in China.

According to the broadcast, Apple’s iPhone has been deemed a “national security concern” by state-sponsored media. China Central Television issued the broadcast and said that according to Chinese researchers, data collected by the iPhone’s frequent locations feature could compromise “state secrets” if accessed by unauthorized people.

The Wall Street Journal noted that in the past, companies have changed their policies or even recalled products following critical reports from the China Central Television, because the network is so influential.

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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