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As security researcher recently found that Apple's iPhone 11 periodically seeks the user's location even when all applications and system services are set to never request.
Following the unnerving discovery, the tech giant simply responded that it was aware that handsets collect location data and that it is 'expected behavior'.
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However, Apple has comeback with a new answer – its latest iPhones come standard with ultra-wideband technology that 'is subject to international regulatory requirements that require it to be turned off in certain locations,' according to TechCrunch who received the statement.
Apple also explained that this 'compliance check' is done by the iPhone itself and the company is not tracking the user when Location Services are disabled in Settings.
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The issue was first found by Brian Krebs of KrebsonSecuirty, a source that conducts in-depth investigations into security issues, who found the issue occurs with the iPhone 11 Pro running on Apple iOS 13.2.3.
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'Apparently there are some system services on this model (and possibly other iPhone 11 models) which request location data and cannot be disabled by users without completely turning off location services, as the arrow icon still appears periodically even after individually disabling all system services that use location,' Krebs shared in his report.
Krebs contacted Apple about the issue and was told that 'this is by design' and it is 'expected behavior' of the technology.
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'We do not see any actual security implications,' an Apple engineer wrote in a response to KrebsOnSecurity.
'It is expected behavior that the Location Services icon appears in the status bar when Location Services is enabled. The icon appears for system services that do not have a switch in Settings'.
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However, an Apple spokesperson told Zack Whittaker with TechCrunch that its latest iPhones come standard with ultra-wideband technology that 'is subject to international regulatory requirements that require it to...
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