China Announces iPhone as a Threat to National Security.
Chinese state media have recently dubbed the iPhone as a threat to national security because of the fact that smartphone can record a user’s current location.
State-run CCTV stated that the “Frequent locations” function could potentially be utilized to leak information on where a person has been and the time they were in said place.
A researcher interviewed by the television channel commented that that information was “extremely sensitive data” and that it could lead towards revealing “state secrets”.
Apple says that Frequent Locations “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.”
The company has been barraged by Chinese state media during the past, facing accusation of providing data for US Spy agencies and calls for “severe Punishment”.
Google own services have also been disrupted in China for the past month, while the central government procurement offices has banned new government computers from utilizing Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system.
Other Us hardware firms such s IBM and Cisco have gone on to experience their own blacklash in China from what analysts and company’s have coined as the ‘Snowden Effect’, after US spying revelations came to show during the previous year by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
These ongoing complaints between China and the US have not been a one way street. The US has launched a highly public offensive against the threat of Chinese industrial espionage during May, announcing that it was charged over five members of the People Liberation Army with stealing secrets from US companies. ‘