Apple Inc. has dismissed claims by China’s state broadcaster that its iPhone location-tracking service could pose a risk to national security, saying its devices don’t transmit data that is unique to the device or the customer, Shanghai Daily reported Monday.
China Central Television reported Friday that data collected by the tool about the locations people visit is not secure and could be leaked. The data could also be recorded even if the function is switched off, the report said.
Hu Xiaoming, vice director of the China Information Industry Association, said that “if data is captured about people who are linked to national security, it could be a significant problem.”
But Apple said the function cannot be used to monitor the activity of individuals. Users of iOS7 iPhones have the option to build a personal file of “frequent locations,” which records the time and number of visits they make to specific places.
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