Apple responds to CCTV “privacy threat theory” : the user’s interests is greater than the day


last week, apple Chinese official dismissed the CCTV previously reported “iOS 7 system to track the user’s location information, pose a threat to user privacy,” the report. Apple insists: “apple does not track the positioning of the user. Never do this before, later will never do that.”

on July 11, CCTV news channel public exposure iPhone positioning function to collect information about the user’s location, suspected of infringement of privacy issues. Reports pointed out that even if the user closes the positioning device can still record user information.

the apple official said in a statement published on the website immediately, thank CCTV’s reports generated, but dismissed the apple devices collect user privacy data reports. Apple said that their products is the world’s most safety equipment (one of), apple to protect users’ privacy right from the start as a top priority.

in addition, the apple with particular emphasis on, he never give any government departments to set up a “back door”, never help intelligence agencies to monitor user data.

in fact, this is not the first time that CCTV has challenged to the world’s top consumer electronics company. As early as last year, CCTV has “unfair” apple warranty policy for China users to the dozen. Since then, apple under the issue of public opinion, was forced to apologise.

here are apple China website statement:

a long time, Apple is very firm commitment to protect all our users’ privacy. Since the initial design phase, the concept of privacy has been rooted in our products and services. Our unremitting efforts, just for the security of the world’s leading hardware and software products to our customers. Unlike many other companies, our business is not dependent upon personal information collected a large number of users. We solemnly promise, stick to give users a clear and transparent tips and choice, allowing users to control their own information. And we insist that our products are simple and done it properly.

we thank you very much for the efforts, China central television (CCTV) on this we also think it’s very important issues to assist the user education. Here, we want to make sure that all the Chinese users will be able to understand clearly, when it comes to privacy and personal data information, we do and what not to.

in shopping, travel, or computing work time it takes for a nearby restaurant specific activities, such as our customers want and expect their mobile device can quickly and reliably determine your current location. We did it on the device end. But Apple does not track the user’s location: Apple has never do it before, later will never do that.

if only for mobile phone positioning using GPS satellite data and may take several minutes. By store in advance of the wireless LAN hotspots and cell towers location data, and combining with the current under the iPhone receiving wireless LAN hotspots and cell tower information, the iPhone can take this time to just a few seconds. In order to achieve this goal, the Apple with a safe and reliable operation of the package database, which contains the Apple through millions of Apple devices to collect known towers and wlan hotspot location information. But it must be highlighted, in the process of the collection, Apple did not send or transport any specific equipment or a portion of the user related data.

on all of our equipment, Apple allow users to control positioning data collection and use. The user must choose enabled “location-based services”, because it is not a default Settings. Apple is absolutely not allowed in any application that has not previously pop-up prompt and allows users to be clear at a glance is user specific permission, without authorization is receiving equipment positioning information. Such Suggestions are mandatory, and should not be hidden or covered. If the user changes his mind, just simply switch “on/off” button, you can at any time for individual applications or services from the “location services”. To the user of an application or service positioning data switch to “off”, it will stop collecting data. Moreover, parents can also use the “access restrictions” function, to prevent children to use “location-based services”.

when using the iPhone to understand the traffic, iOS can collect “often go to site”, the “notifications” commute “today” in the view of providing information, and to show you in the CarPlay iOS automatic planning route. But “often go to site” only stored in each user personal iOS device, and encrypted; It’s not backup in iTunes or ripped. Apple never get or learn a user “often go to site” information. Moreover, this function can also be through the privacy Settings at any time to switch to “off”.

Apple will not at any time by any user of the iPhone to get the “go to site” or its location service cache. We through the user’s password to cache is encrypted, and is wary of any application to access it. In order to let users have more rights of transparency, the user to enter their personal password, success can see its devices to collect data. And when the equipment after the lock, in the case of not to enter the password, no one can view the information.

as we stated earlier, Apple has never with any government agency in any country for any product or service to establish a so-called “back door”. We also never open our server, and never. For us, these are all must abide by, never compromise