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This is the reason why the new iPhones are sharing data location without permission

By Kenny Yeo - on 6 Dec 2019, 9:28am

This is the reason why the new iPhones are sharing data location without permission

Apple has clarified why its new iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro phones are sharing data location without permission.

But first a quick recap. Earlier, security expert Brian Krebs discovered that the latest iPhones request location data even when Location Services is disabled.

The reason, Apple explains, is because of its new ultra wideband technology, specifically the U1 chip.

Little has been said about the U1 chip but we know that it allows the phone to pinpoint its position in an environment. It also enables the new iPhones to pinpoint the position of our ultra wideband devices.

It is also said that the U1 chip will be crucial to future features/products such as rumoured Apple Tag, a Tile-like device that will enable the new iPhones to find lost objects.

An Apple spokesperson said:

Ultra wideband technology is an industry standard technology and is subject to international regulatory requirements that require it to be turned off in certain locations. iOS uses Location Services to help determine if an iPhone is in these prohibited locations in order to disable ultra wideband and comply with regulations.

The management of ultra wideband compliance and its use of location data is done entirely on the device and Apple is not collecting user location data.

Will Strafach, chief executive at Guardian Firewall and iOS security expert, said that this backs up his earlier analysis that showed that there's no evidence that any location data is sent to any server.

Nevertheless, Apple has said that it will provide a new dedicated toggle option to completely disable this in an upcoming iOS update.

Source: Techcrunch

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