Chinese State Media Labels iPhone a 'National Security Concern'

Chinese State Media Labels iPhone a 'National Security Concern'

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China's state-run media labeled the location-tracking features of the iPhone a 'national security concern' in a broadcast Friday, reports the Wall Street Journal.

China Central Television criticized Apple's 'frequent locations' feature that tracks and records the locations and times of frequently visited locations. The reporter quoted researchers who claim frequent location data can give knowledge to state secrets. China suggests that tech firms like Apple are giving the US Government data from devices such Frequent Locations.

While it is unclear if the CCTV report will be followed by new rules or limit on Apple, some companies have shifted policies or recalled products after influential CCTV broadcasts. Currently, the frequent locations feature in iOS 7 is opt-out, meaning you must turn it off in order to stop the feature.

Data gathered by frequent locations is kept on the device and will not be sent to Apple without your consent. Apple uses this data to provide you with helpful location-related information. Apple can even use this frequent location data to improve Maps, if you give it consent.

Turning off frequent locations is relatively simple. Simply navigate to Settings then Privacy then Location Services. Scroll down to System Services and you can find the frequent locations tab there.

Chinese State Media Labels iPhone a 'National Security Concern'Chinese State Media Labels iPhone a 'National Security Concern'Chinese State Media Labels iPhone a 'National Security Concern'

King Rollo - July 12, 2014 at 1:18pm
As the west continues to take security more seriously the Chinese are concerned the tables will turn.. After all when worldwide production moves to India it going to change for them..
RIgoberto - July 12, 2014 at 10:31pm
Esque no está en mi soporte
Adam - July 12, 2014 at 2:39am
I'd be more worried to use Huawei.
Techno1 - July 11, 2014 at 4:17pm
The title should say, "How ironic that Chinese worries about security, when they are the first to break, steal and supply the world with stolen information"
Szozolawin - July 11, 2014 at 3:47pm
Figures! Communist countries have been notorious for using the limited picture of a situation to their advantage any MacHead knows you can turn this feature on or off .
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