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Apple Set To Face Privacy Lawsuit Over Chinese Report

Apple Set To Face Privacy Lawsuit Over Chinese Report

Apple are set to face a privacy lawsuit over a Chinese TV report raised security concerns about the iPhone’s location-tracking functions.


 

Chen Ma has filed a US class action lawsuit and alleges that Apple has “intentionally intruded” into her privacy with the iPhone’s location tracking service.

The lawsuit directly cites a Chinese television broadcast report which warned that Apple’s location-tracking functions could be a security threat.

The frequent locations feature which is found in iOS 7 appears to be the main cause of concern for the person filing the lawsuit.

The service records the places the user has visited, along with the duration, and is meant to provide tips, including nearby shops of interest and estimated commute times.

One interesting thing to note however, is that the broadcast clearly stated that the feature could not be used to actively spy on people but it could reveal information about China’s economy, and state secrets, according to one security researcher interviewed in the report.

Apple released a statement saying it does not have access to the frequent locations feature and that the company does not track users locations at any time.

Apple on Friday declined to comment about the class action lawsuit and the complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, San Jose division.


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