China Says the iPhone Is a Security Threat

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China's (massively influential) state broadcaster has decided that the iPhone is a "national security concern" because of its location-tracking functionality.

The Wall Street Journal reports that, in a broadcast aired at noon on Friday 11th July, China Central Television said that the "frequent locations" function in iOS could be a security threat to the country. It said that the data recorded by iOS could help "people"—by which we assume it means "Americans"—gain knowledge of the broader situation in China or "even state secrets."


Oh, China. Maybe it's just an iPhone, and not a conspiracy. [WSJ]

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Barry Wombleton

Wait a minute isn't that the issue with most smartphones? From iOS to Android to Windows and etc., don't they all have this capability?