China Claims iPhone Threat to National Security
The big giant, China has claimed that Apple iPhone is a threat to the country’s national security due to the device’s Location Service feature.
This is not the first time the media officials of the country have attacked American tech products. These claims have been heightened with the revelations of Edward Snowden. The country banned Windows 8, complained about IBM hardware and called for punishments on Apple and Google. Now, it’s gunning for the Apple iPhones. The device has been doing quite well in China so it comes unsurprisingly the brunt of the Snowden effect.
What is the main issue? Well, the debate revolves around the Location Service feature in the Apple iPhone. With iOS 7, there is a Google location tracking feature that can offer recommendations and improve the mapping experience. This feature can be easily turned off both for specific apps and as a whole for the device. The media officials are claiming this to be a threat as the data collection by Apple could potentially reveal sensitive “state secrets” if accessed by the wrong people.
Apple has been fast to deny these allegations by China. The company continues to insists that it does not track any user position, hand over location info to governments or even turn on the related services by default. The tech giant emphasizes that if the officials are so worried, the feature can be just disabled.
What a pity for the tech companies in the United States who are constantly defending themselves against the Asian giant!