Chinese Media Terms Apple’s Location Tracking as Security Threat

Chinese Media Terms Apple’s Location Tracking as Security Threat

Mainstream Chinese Media has termed Apple’s iPhone as a national security threat. The state owned CCTV has reported that the location tracking feature in iPhone could collect data about location of the users.

Chinese authorities are not very comfortable with increased penetration of American technology companies in the local market. The media campaign against the spying activity carried out by United States has taken the technology major Apple as the latest victim.

The head of online security institute at China People's Public Security University, Ma Ding, said during an interview on CCTV that anyone with access to location and other tracking data can get insight into the broader situation in China. The background data tracking continues even if people turn off the feature, as per the report.

Chinese state media has attacked Facebook and Google in the past for data collection and storage of user information along with the user activity data.

Citing the statement of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, the report alleged that Apple passed on user information to spy agencies in the United States. Apple has been trying hard to improve its position in the fast growing Chinese smartphone market.

The Chinese market is important for technology majors. Due to strict laws in the country, many of the multinational technology companies have kept their operations at initial levels in China.

Apple has not commented on the recent CCTV broadcast.

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