Apple explains why new iPhones are asking location data without consent.

Apple explains why new iPhones are asking location data without consent.

Apple markets its products around privacy and earlier this week, the iPhone 11 Pro was reported to seek consumers’ location data even when individual programs are set to’Never’ ask for this information.To recall, Apple’s privacy policy states,”Location Services is on, your iPhone will occasionally send the geo-tagged areas of nearby Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers (where supported by a device) in an anonymous and encrypted form to Apple, to be used for augmenting this crowd-sourced database of Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower locations.” The only way to prevent this is by toggling Location Services off.

However, it was reported that newer iPhones were asking for location data, even when the Location Services are turned off. Following this, security reporter Brian Krebs asked Apple why this was happening since it’s against consumers’wishes. Apple responded saying that there were no safety implications and it was expected behavior. In response, Krebbs wrote,”It appears they are saying their telephones have some system services that question your location regardless of whether one has disabled this setting individually for all apps and iOS system services”

Interestingly, Kreb wasn’t erroneous. Apple has come up with an explanation for the situation. The company states that its ultra-wideband technology gives the new iPhones”spatial awareness” to understand where other ultra-wideband devices can be found. 1 such use for this feature, as promoted by Apple, isthat the technology enables users to wirelessly share documents over AirDrop.

The spokesperson also stated that 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. Following this Apple notedit will provide a new dedicated toggle choice for the feature with the upcoming iOS update.

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