Tomahawk, WI 07/14/2014 (Basicsmedia) – Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has come up firmly, disagreeing with the new Chinese government claims that its iPhone’s location tracker service could be of any risk to the state’s security. As per the government-backed media report that was made public last week, a set of new allegations were levelled against Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s location tracking software, underlining concerns that the software could be a threat to the state secrets.
Privacy Issues Not New
In response to these claims, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has published an official statement on its Chinese website, where the iPhone maker has rubbed off the concerns, stating that its location tracking software does not track the identity of the individuals and thus, it is not a threat to the state. According to a report from Techcrunch, the iPhone maker has outlined full details in its statement, confirming the company’s rigorous steps in the direction to protect the customer’s privacy. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has already been grilled by the U.S. government in the past, in relation to data security and privacy policies.
No Backdoor Policy
Revealing details about its software, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) reiterated that the location tracking service merely collects the user’s location information on-device, in order to better connect with the nearest Wi-Fi and cell towers and to conveniently move through traffic data. Further disclosing the technical aspect of the software, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) said that its location services are optional for every single app and that it could be turned on or off universally, even if it was granted location access permission earlier. Also, Apple said that its locations cache is encrypted in order to prevent access by a third party. In its final note, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) tried to convey straightforwardly that it has never been associated with any of the government agency to leak out secret information and concludes “it never will.”