Apple's IPhone 11 Pro Getting User Location Without Permission, Report Says

Posted: Dec 5 2019, 3:43am CST | by , in Technology News

 

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Apple's iPhone 11 Pro Getting User Location Without Permission, Report Says

A report by KrebsonSecurity says that iPhone 11 Pro might contain some services that seek user location without consent.

Privacy concerns around Apple's device are increasing day by day. A latest report published by famous cybersecurity online outlet called KrebsonSecurity says that iPhone 11 Pro continually seeks to get user location even when all the apps and features have location data set to off.

Krebs says that some system services keep requesting location data. The user cannot disable this without completely turning off location services. To prove this, Krebs showed a video in which a small arrow icon (a sign that shows up when location services are ON) keeps showing up. The video shows a user turning off location data for all the phone service. Despite this, the location data is turned on as we can see the location icon on the top right.

In response to this report, Apple said that this mechanism is by design, but the report questioned the logic of this response, as it contradicts with Apple's policy. Apple's policy states that iPhone periodically sends geo-tagged locations of nearby Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers in an encrypted form to Apple. Apple says that the location services can be set to OFF by going into the Settings. KrebsOnSecurity report also says that the problem persists in the latest iOS updates for iPhone 11 Pro. Older models of iPhone, including iPhone 8, are not showing this anomalous behavior.

A sentence in Apple's response should raise eyebrows. Apple reportedly said that the location icon appears for system services that do not have a switch in Settings. What does this mean? This means that iPhone 11 Pro may have some services that keep on getting user location without asking for consent, according to the report's analysis. This also create curiosity that why this feature (or glitch?) is peculiar to iPhone 11 Pro. And how can we be sure that Apple's other iPhone models don't contain services which seek user location data without explicitly asking for permission.

Apple is yet to respond to the follow up questions by KrebsonSecurity.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/26" rel="author">Fahad Saleem</a>
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