State-run China Central TV has described Apple’s iPhone as a ‘national security concern’ according to Wall Street Journal reports. Apparently, it is a threat due to the location-tracking features.
In its national noon broadcast, state-run China Central Television criticized the “frequent locations” function in Apple’s iOS 7 mobile operating system, which tracks and records the time and location of the owner’s movements. The report quoted researchers who said that those with access to that data could gain knowledge of the broader situation in China or “even state secrets” …
The broadcast on Friday cited the Snowden disclosures and called U.S. technology firms’ databases a “gold mine.” It also quoted officials who said that China needed stronger data protection laws, and that Apple would need to “take on any legal responsibilities” if any data leaks cause harm.
Apple will probably have to respond in some way even though claims that location tracking is a threat, is beyond silly. It was just last year that Tim Cook apologized to Chinese customers over warranty issues despite not having much substance to the claims.