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Apple denies Chinese report of location tracking security risk

Published on Jul 14, 2014 6:22 AM
 
People wait to get in to the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference at the Moscone West center on June 2, 2014 in San Francisco, California. US technology giant Apple is fighting Chinese claims that the iPhone threatens national security through its ability to track and time-stamp a user's location. -- PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (AFP) - US technology giant Apple is fighting Chinese claims that the iPhone threatens national security through its ability to track and time-stamp a user's location.

The frequent locations function, which can be switched on or off by users, is available on iOS 7, the operating system used by the current generation of iPhones released in September 2013.

"We appreciate CCTV's effort to help educate customers on a topic we think is very important," Apple said on Saturday in a statement in Chinese and in English on its China website.

"We want to make sure all of our customers in China are clear about what we do and we don't do when it comes to privacy and your personal data." Mr Ma Ding, director of the Institute for Security of the Internet at People's Public Security University in Beijing, told Chinese state broadcaster CCTV on Friday that the frequent locations function could be used to gather "extremely sensitive data," and even state secrets.

 
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