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China Central Television is now complaining about iOS 7's "Frequent Locations" feature

The back and forth between China and the United States over cries of security breaches and spying continues to grow at an alarming rate. Today, it’s China’s turn with China Central Television (CCTV) — the county’s most popular state-run broadcasting division — proclaiming that Apple’s tracking features within iOS 7 (and we would assume, the upcoming iOS 8 release) represent a “national security concern.”
 
The most disturbing features of iOS’ tracking abilities, according to CCTV, is the Frequent Locations feature that is enabled via Locations Services. This is how Apple describes the feature:
 
Your iPhone will keep track of places you have recently been, as well as how often and when you visited them, in order to learn places that are significant to you. This data is kept solely on your device and won't be sent to Apple without your consent. It will be used to provide you with personalized services, such as predictive traffic routing.
 
For example, if you drive to work, sit at your desk, and take out your iPhone; pulling up the Today screen could display a message stating, “It would take you 30 minutes to drive home in current traffic conditions.”


Apple CEO Tim Cook visits a Foxconn plant in China
 
CCTV is concerned that people could gain access to this data and use it to capture “state secrets.” CCTV’s inquiries about iOS come despite the fact that Apple only has only 6 percent of the overall smartphone market in China. However, when it comes to smartphones priced over $500 and over, Apple commands 80 percent of the market.
 
It’s not known whether Apple will issue a direct response to CCTV or Chinese government officials over this latest matter, but Apple has capitulated in the past to CCTV broadcasts. CCTV ran a story last year that skewered the company for “discriminating” against Chinese consumers with its warranty policies. Apple CEO Tim Cook later apologized in a letter posted to Apple’s Chinese website for “misunderstandings” about its warranty policies.

Source: The Wall Street Journal



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There's some holes in this apple.
By Monkey's Uncle on 7/11/2014 10:39:52 AM , Rating: 3
quote:
Your iPhone will keep track of places you have recently been, as well as how often and when you visited them, in order to learn places that are significant to you. This data is kept solely on your device and won't be sent to Apple without your consent . It will be used to provide you with personalized services, such as predictive traffic routing.

Note the highlighted part.

Now here:
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Interestingly, China is concerned about this “security risk” even though Apple claims that the data is only stored on the device (just like Touch ID fingerprint information) and isn’t sent to Apple.


Wait a second. How can apple claim this data is not sent when they have already said that it can be sent with your permission (which can also mean that unless you opt-out you give that permission by default).

It is either never sent or is sent with permission. Which is it?

Frankly I think China's security folks might be on to something here.




RE: There's some holes in this apple.
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 7/11/2014 10:50:08 AM , Rating: 2
That was a misinterpretation on my part, which I have corrected.


By Brandon Hill (blog) on 7/11/2014 10:53:46 AM , Rating: 2
Also, this is the setting within iOS:

http://i58.tinypic.com/2r3ugzp.jpg

However, I can't recall if the "Improve Maps" radio button is enabled by default.


By Monkey's Uncle on 7/11/2014 11:04:44 AM , Rating: 2
Thanks Brandon.

Never sure if some of these are not just copypasta'ed from the source or actually rewritten by you guys.

Seen a lot of both here :D


Odd that they'd pick out Apple
By Solandri on 7/11/2014 10:49:53 AM , Rating: 3
Google Now on Android had the same location-based features more than a year before iOS 7 was released.
http://www.androidauthority.com/how-to-setup-confi...

Android accounts for a much larger share of China's smartphone market. Sounds to me like the Chinese government is creating an issue for negotiating leverage with Apple later.




By Monkey's Uncle on 7/11/2014 11:12:55 AM , Rating: 2
To give them their due, it is more CCTV that is raising the concerns rather than China's security officials.

However (at least on KitKat) every time you turn location services on in android you are asked immediately if you want to share that info with google. You can't continue until you answer the pop-up. If you answer 'no' you get location services that are turned on, but not shared.


By masamasa on 7/11/2014 11:33:27 AM , Rating: 2
Who cares what they say or think. It's all propoganda anyway.




sensationalized news sells
By flatrock on 7/11/2014 1:21:03 PM , Rating: 2
Newsflash. A reporter at a TV station sensationalized an issue about something that most Chinese can't afford, but might be curious about. Who would have thought such a surprising thing might happen.




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