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Apple says ultra wideband tech culprit behind location data sharing; to issue fix

Apple says ultra wideband tech culprit behind location data sharing; to issue fix
 

If what happens on your iPhone doesn’t stay
on your iPhone after all, ultra wideband (UWB) technology is the culprit,
according to Apple.

After the Apple iPhone 11 Pro was discovered
to still be sending out user location data even after Location Services was
disabled, the company has finally pinned the contradiction of its privacy policy
on the international regulatory requirements that require the industry standard
technology “to be turned off in certain locations,” according to an Apple spokesperson.

“iOS uses Location Services to help
determine if an iPhone is in these prohibited locations in order to disable
ultra wideband and comply with regulations,” the spokesperson told
TechCrunch. “The management of ultra wideband compliance and its use of
location data is done entirely on the device and Apple is not collecting user
location data.”

When queried by KrebsonSecurity, an Apple engineer initially said the company didn’t “see any actual security implications when Location Services continues to work “for system services that do not have a switch in Settings.”

But now the company explains that ultra wideband
technology provides “spatial awareness” that allows users to share files with
other nearby users through apps like AirDrop.

Apple said it will issue an update that
includes a dedicated toggle that will shut off UWB technology and the resultant
location tracking.

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