iPhone 11 Pro collects location data; Apple admits the issue

Cupertino based iPhone maker, Apple has issued a new warning to the millions of iPhone users, admitting that the settings in iPhones are misleading users about their use of location data. The company has promised to fix the problem.

The issue was discovered by security researcher Brian Krebs. The issue gathered location data of iPhone 11 Pro users. Even if the user has set their phone’s GPS location to off, the phone pings its GPS module. Apple claims that iOS 13 is touted as the most secure OS for users. It gives more control to users over other apps such as Facebook, and Google.

The company admitted the issue after several news platforms published the details provided by Brian Krebs. The security researcher has stated that the behaviour of the iOS 13 is a direct violation of Apple’s own privacy policy. The tech firm initially dismissed the claims stating that this is expected the behaviour of the OS.

Now Apple has changed its statement and admitted the issue. The company has blamed the Ultra-wide band chip for these background uploads. The official statement reads, “Ultra-wide band technology is an industry-standard technology and is subject to international regulatory requirements that require it to be turned off in certain locations. iOS uses Location Services to help determine if an iPhone is in these prohibited locations in order to disable ultra-wide band and comply with regulations.”

Apple further added that it is not recording any data. The management and compliance of the ultra-wide band chip is done entirely on the device itself. The company will disable this behaviour of the ultra-wide band chip in upcoming updates. However, Apple needs to own up to this and answer to those who are extremely protective of their privacy.