Apple has fought back against allegations that its iPhone device poses a security risk for its Chinese customers.
On Friday, Ma Ding, head of the online security institute at People’s Public Security University of China, said on the Chinese state-owned television broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) that Apple’s iPhone location functions could leak secret information.
Apple released a statement in response titled ‘Your Location Privacy’ in which it said that it doesn't track users or share their locations with third parties. Apple’s statement says that it created the "frequent locations" feature so users can "quickly and reliably determine their current locations for specific activities such as shopping, travel, finding the nearest restaurant or calculating the amount of time it takes them to get to work."
“there has been a lot of back and forth lately between the Chinese and the U.S. governments on cyberspying and digital security issues"
Apple explained that this feature is only accessed through a password, and does not leave the user’s phone. Apple also added that it can also be turned off.
This latest move has been part of a spate of cyber security alerts between the U.S. and China, the last one involving five Chinese military officers who were alleged to have hacked into American companies. Since U.S. prosecuters announced the charges in May, Apple, Google and Facebook have all taken hits from the Chinese state media.
Bloomberg was told by James Roy, a Shanghai-based analyst for China Market Research Group, that “there has been a lot of back and forth lately between the Chinese and the U.S. governments on cyberspying and digital security issues...a report on CCTV is not the same as a government ban on iPhones, but all the same this should be alarming for Apple.”
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