Apple iPhone a danger to China national security- state media

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BEIJING – Chinese branded Inc’s iPhone a threat to because of the smartphone’s ability to track and time-stamp user locations.

A report by broadcaster CCTV on Friday criticized the iPhone’s “Frequent Locations” function for allowing users to be tracked and information about them revealed.

“This is extremely sensitive data,” said a researcher interviewed by the broadcaster. If the data were accessed, it could reveal an entire country’s economic situation and “even secrets,” the researcher said.

said a statement sent to Reuters on it was committed to protecting the privacy of its users, and unique information related to the user or the device was transmitted when using the location functions.

“We appreciate CCTV’s effort to help educate customers on a topic we think is very important. We to make sure all of our customers are clear about what we do and we don’t do when it comes to privacy and your personal data,” it said.

does track users’ locations – has never done so and has to ever do so,” it added.

Apple has frequently come fire from Chinese , which accused the company of providing user data to .S. intelligence agencies and have called for ‘severe punishment’. It has also been criticized for poor customer service.[eap_ad_2]

Apple, however, said it had “never worked with any agency from any country” to create a back door any of its products or services. “We have also never allowed access to our servers. And we never will,” the .S. firm added.

The California-based company is the only .S. firm to suffer from Chinese ire.

Google Inc services have been disrupted in for over a month, while the central procurement has banned new computers from using Microsoft Corp’s Windows 8 operating system.

Other U.S. hardware firms such as Cisco Systems Inc and IBM Corp have experienced a backlash in from what analysts and companies have termed the ‘Snowden Effect’, after U.S. spying revelations released last year by former U.S. Agency contractor Edward Snowden. (Reuters)[eap_ad_3]