Apple responds to Chinese accusations about iOS

Apple responds to Chinese accusations about iOS
Apple has posted a response on its Chinese web site, to accusations made by the government in the country related to a specific feature on iOS 7. The Chinese government called the Frequent Locations feature a threat to national security, and said that it could even leak "state secrets". Frequent Locations, true to its title, keeps a record of the spots that an iOS user travels to the most. That could be a job, a home, a friend's house or a favorite supermarket. Apple uses a combination of GPS, Wi-Fi and triangulation to determine the geographical coordinates of these places.

In a broadcast over state run China Central Television, the Chinese government said that the data collected by Apple could be used to grab information about China's economy and "state secrets". China quoted researches in making that comment, and said that Apple would be legally responsible if a foreign entity were to enter Apple's database to steal the data.

Apple's responded by saying that the Frequent Locations tool is available for its customers who want to know how long it will take them to run a specific set of errands. The company adamantly denied tracking users' locations, stating that it never has used this information to follow the movement of iOS users. Apple wrote that its devices do not transmit information that is unique to any user. The tech titan also said that it does not have access to any user's Frequent Locations data, and noted that the feature can be turned off by anyone who doesn't want it.

Recent data shows Apple with just 6% of the market in China, which includes the World's largest carrier in China Mobile. In this post NSA world, and with the suspicious nature of the Chinese government and the population in the country, features like Frequent Locations can't help but become a target. Apple also grappled with the Chinese government last year, when the company failed to follow the country's warranty practices. In that situation, Apple CEO Tim Cook apologized in a letter, which eliminated the tension between Apple and China. We will have to see if Apple's recent posting on its web site does the same for this issue.

source: WSJ



1. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Watch your mouth cr@pple, without the help from Chinese workers, you would end up like Dell HP Moto BB and the rest of the American company

5. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

Dumbest comment of the weekend right above lol.

7. Ashoaib

Posts: 3276; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

its not dumb... can be correct

30. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Correct like your English?

33. Ashoaib

Posts: 3276; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

may be :p

11. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

How is it dumb? Every Apple product is manufactured in China, by the Chinese workers. And it'd not be a wrong thing to say that the United States of America's economy is surviving on Chinese bond and debt buyers and holders and their government!

12. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Products for various companies in the developed world have been assembled in developing nations for decades. China is not unique in having a large workforce of unskilled labor. I certainly do not believe "chest thumping" from a nation that never underwent an Industrial or Agrarian Revolution, and who have made all of their strides into modernity through the use of reverse engineering, is warranted. That is historical fact. As for "surviving on. Chinese bond and debt buyers," that just shows incomprehension of debt economics.

19. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Well, America's debt is loved by banks and those who make money from it....why do you think the fed allows it and why America goes to war, continuously? The banks and associated corporations make a ton of money from war and from the interest of money creation...

24. willard12 unregistered

It is dumb because all the companies that he says Apple could end up like also manufacture products in China. So, apparently manufacturing in China has nothing to do with success or failure. Secondly, if Apple couldn't manufacture in China, then they would manufacture their products in Vietnam or the Philippines or somewhere else. China buys US bonds for their own benefit, not the benefit of the US, who could sell bonds to anyone as the US has a 100% track record of paying debt. It's also fair to say that China's economy would collapse if US slapped tarrifs on products comimg from China and ended the multi-billion dollar trade defecit and forced companies to hire US workers and increase US employment. So, it cuts both ways. The side that is relying on unskilled labor working for pennies per day is not at any advantage.

34. Ashoaib

Posts: 3276; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

ofcourse, it's both ways... inter-dependancy

26. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Dumbest of the week actually. +1

6. Iodine

Posts: 1478; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Why should China which makes money from making Apple things stop doing that and make less money ? And why "watch your mouth" what they said wrong ?

8. Ashoaib

Posts: 3276; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

concerns of china can be true after what we learned about nsa

9. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

Even those companies get many of their devices assembled in your argument is illogical.

10. Ashoaib

Posts: 3276; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

well, infact your comment is illogical or ignorance... same chinese assembled iproducts were in the list of nsa's spying... this is what I was reading when nsa issue was hot.... assembling, dessembling or hardware cant do anything for your information if not controlled by the software... and through software above concerned points can be used/exploited

13. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

Try to use your brain .... He said that if apple doesn't get their products assembled in china, they will end up like the other american companies(which aren't doing good these days) ...I have said that his comment is illogical because even the other american companies that he is talking about ( like HP and Dell) get their products assembled in china. who is illogical and ignorant?

16. Ashoaib

Posts: 3276; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

your comment came after mine, so I percieved it wrongly in reply to mine... yup, in this regard you are quite right

20. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

Okay... But you don't need to be in such a hurry to reply to your comments.

21. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

*to the comments that are for you*

14. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

You should not counter argue with the word "ignorant" if you can not even use it in it's correct form, let alone spell in general. You're lacking basic spelling knowledge (aka ignorance: lack of knowledge) and you are making yourself look like a fool.

35. Ashoaib

Posts: 3276; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

ok Shakespeare... noted

36. Ashoaib

Posts: 3276; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

infact I used ignorance and also mean ignorance, which is a lack of knowledge... anyway, that was totally my misunderstanding bcoz this guy is quite knowledgable

18. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

I am one of those people who have been talking about hacking and spying for years...go and check the the comments in the old tech articles if you want ...most of the others weren't interested in it before snowden's relevations. Now you start telling me about spying and hacking today? Don't make fun of yourself.

32. Ashoaib

Posts: 3276; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

hey.. I am not interested in what you are talking from years... thats not my problem if you are running your mouth from years... its you who have to put tape on your mouth on your own, I cant help you in it... yeah, you know about hacking and spying from thousand of years and you hold the patent for that and you dont need anyone telling/mentioning anything about that bcoz you were the inventor of hacking and spying, so it is like telling Newton what is the law of gravitation and it is making a fun of ownself bcoz I just told a newton what the law of gravitation is

42. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

My account is older than yours but i have past 500 comments just yesterday and this is your 1143rd if any one of us needs a tape, it's you. don't make stupid comments and statements....i have said that i am "one of those people" who have been talking about spying for a long time...i have always read as much as possible about hacking and spying from various sources and i have always shared it with people who were interested in it. you have already accepted that i was right and you have thought that it was a reply to your comment and replied to it by mistake which is, after clarifying everything, your comment (no. 32) was are just pulling me back in.

44. Ashoaib

Posts: 3276; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

first of all after my acceptance and my comment#16 your comment#18 was totally unnecessary.... you posted 500 bcoz may be you dont really have much to say other than just self bragging and self pride... 2nd, your comment#18 clearly show the signs of self bragging and self pride, specially the last sentance ("Now you start telling me about spying and hacking today? Don't make fun of yourself.")... this self bragging, self pride and "I know it all" attitude ultimately made you an eligible candidate of my comment#32

46. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

I think you didn't get it..when I was typing comment no.18 your comment no 16 wasn't even there...I came here before the page was updated with comment no.16... You are assuming that I have lesser things to say and I only brag about myself... almost all my comments had something useful to say.....just show one article where I have bragged about myself...(and you have also proved that you are in need of the tape that you were talking about, not me)...just show me one article where I have posted a useless comment or any comment where I was biased to any company. I have talked about myself in this one because I was being called ignorant....I had to do it.

47. Ashoaib

Posts: 3276; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

ok, an apology if any of the above comment hurt your feelings

39. Blazers

Posts: 733; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Do you wear a foil hat around the house? Lol sorry I had to ask.

43. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

you should be(sorry)..that was a stupid question.

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