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  • China Central TV Describes Apple’s iPhone as “National Security Concern”


    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” …
    Ever since Edward Snowden claimed that the NSA were spying on Chinese leaders last year, China has been more hostile towards the U.S. It was suggested that tech firms in the U.S. were helping the NSA spy on Chinese leaders by allowing access to their data.

    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 along with other tech companies have already denied last year that they were allowing NSA to access their servers. However, security researchers claimed that the way tech companies worded the denial allowed possible indirect access. It was also claimed that NSA had complete access to early iPhones with Apple’s cooperation, which Tim Cook denied.

    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.

    Source: WSJ
    This article was originally published in forum thread: China Central TV Describes Apple’s iPhone as “National Security Concern” started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 6 Comments
    1. Crazyfreak's Avatar
      Crazyfreak -
      Hmmm.... I wonder if they know how to off location service on iOS.
    1. H4CK3R's Avatar
      H4CK3R -
      It's OK for China to spy on the U.S. and hack corporate databases to steal business secrets, but when the U.S. spies on China, it's a big crime and the U.S. should be shunned because China claims they don't spy and they don't hack us. Hypocritical communists as usual.
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      Ha! All governments spy. Gotta love the double talk tho.
    1. Breezy215's Avatar
      Breezy215 -
      Quote Originally Posted by bigboyz View Post
      Ha! All governments spy. Gotta love the double talk tho.
      Exactly...
    1. SpidermanAPV's Avatar
      SpidermanAPV -
      Quote Originally Posted by bigboyz View Post
      Ha! All governments spy. Gotta love the double talk tho.
      All they want is the public to sympathize.
    1. RoloDiva13's Avatar
      RoloDiva13 -
      Hmm, maybe they have the iPhone confused with all the knockoffs they allow counterfeiters to flood the market with