July 11: Chinese state media called the iPhone a threat to national security today because the smartphone can record a user’s location.
State-run CCTV said that the “Frequent Locations” function could potentially be used to leak information on where a person had been and when. A researcher interviewed by the TV channel said that information was “extremely sensitive data” and that it could reveal “secrets”.
Apple says that Frequent Locations “will keep track of places you have recently been, as well as how often and when you visited them, in order to learn places that are significant to you. This data is kept solely on your device and won't be sent to Apple without your consent. It will be used to provide you with personalised services, such as predictive traffic routing.”