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Technology Apple says it isn't tracking your phone if location sharing is turned off

02:15  06 december  2019
02:15  06 december  2019 Source:   cnn.com

Here’s what Apple has to say about the iPhone location tracking controversy

  Here’s what Apple has to say about the iPhone location tracking controversy Location tracking on smartphones remains something of a lukewarm controversy these days. Every so often, a new story will surface detailing how a popular app keeps closer tabs on its users than initially believed. And then, like clockwork, the app developers will issue an apology and promise to address the issue with a forthcoming app update. Apple itself, of course, is no stranger to location tracking controversies. Just a few weeks ago, for example, Apple was embroiled in a mini-controversy when it was discovered that some iPhone 11 models were constantly tracking the location of users even when users pro-actively turned location tracking off.

Apple 's flagship iPhone 11 Pro tracks users' locations even when they have set it not to, a security researcher has discovered. Brian Krebs found that the phone collects data about a user's position even if location sharing has been turned off in every individual app. However, the user could avoid being

To actually turn off location tracking , Google says you have to navigate to a setting buried deep in your Google Account called Web & App Activity, which is Google told the AP that it provides "clear descriptions of these tools," but it takes eight taps on an Android phone — if you know exactly where

Apple's newer iPhones, including the iPhone 11 Pro, are its first to feature what's known as ultra wideband technology. It gives the phones "spatial awareness," enabling them to locate other devices with the same technology.

a black and silver phone: The new Apple 11 Pro is seen on display during an Apple product launch event at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, California on September 10, 2019. - Apple unveiled its iPhone 11 models Tuesday, touting upgraded, ultra-wide cameras as it updated its popular smartphone lineup and cut its entry price to $699. (Photo by Josh Edelson / AFP)        (Photo credit should read JOSH EDELSON/AFP via Getty Images)© Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images The new Apple 11 Pro is seen on display during an Apple product launch event at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, California on September 10, 2019. - Apple unveiled its iPhone 11 models Tuesday, touting upgraded, ultra-wide cameras as it updated its popular smartphone lineup and cut its entry price to $699. (Photo by Josh Edelson / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOSH EDELSON/AFP via Getty Images)

The feature caused confusion this week when security reporter Brian Krebs reported that Apple's new iPhone 11 Pro was seeking a user's location even when the phone's Location Services were disabled.

How to turn your iPhone’s location tracking on or off

  How to turn your iPhone’s location tracking on or off You can also share your location with individual friendsThe good news is you can tighten your controls so that apps are only accessing your location when it’s necessary.

Is Apple tracking your every move? Not really, it turns out. The company told TechCrunch in a statement that its newer iPhones need to perform location checks to The company stressed that the UWB-related checks are handled "entirely on the device," and that Apple isn ' t collecting location data.

Apple 's policy says it sends locations of nearby Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers (where Your iPhone 11 may be tracking your every move, even if you blocked it from doing so, a new report reveals. However, Krebs claims that users are not able to turn off location tracker for certain services when

His observation prompted concerns about Apple tracking users' locations even when users expressly requested that the company not do so. Apple denied this was the case.

Krebs' post on Tuesday reported that Apple said what he was observing was by design. But Krebs noted that Apple's response seemed to contradict its privacy policy. Krebs eventually concluded that Apple phones may "have some system services that query your location regardless of whether one has disabled this setting individually for all apps and iOS system services."

In a followup on Thursday, Apple told Krebs the activity was related to its new ultra wideband technology. The tech is an industry standard that's subject to international regulatory requirements that require it to be off in certain locations, according to a statement from Apple to Krebs. Because of that, the newest iPhones need to check to see if they're being used in countries where Apple hasn't yet received approval to launch ultra wideband. That's why the arrow location indicator sometimes appears in the upper menu of newer iPhones. Apple said the activity is done entirely on the device and that it doesn't collect the user location data.

Apple may have other applications in mind for the technology but said for now it's used to enable AirDrop, so people can do things like send files simply by pointing their iPhone at another person's iPhone.

Apple said it plans to release a new iOS update that will include an option to disable the technology.

Apple did not respond to CNN Business' request for comment.

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