US technology giant Apple is fighting Chinese claims that the iPhone threatens national security through its ability to track and time-stamp a user's location.
The frequent locations function, which can be switched on or off by users, is available on iOS 7, the operating system used by the current generation of iPhones released in
"We appreciate CCTV's effort to help educate customers on a topic we think is very important," Apple said Saturday in a statement in Chinese and in English on its
"We want to make sure all of our customers in
But Apple strongly denied the claim.
"As we have stated before, Apple has never worked with any government agency from any country to create a backdoor in any of our products or services," it said.
"We have also never allowed access to our servers. And we never will. It's something we feel very strongly about."
Apple stressed that its phones used GPS geolocation services for practical purposes, such as helping a user find the closest restaurant, check the weather forecast or calculate travel time to work.
"It's important to point out that during this collection process, an Apple device does not transmit any data that is uniquely associated with the device or the customer," the
Users also have several tools available to deactivate their iPhone's geolocation services.
Ma gave the example of a journalist being tracked by the software as a demonstration of her fears over privacy.
The dispute is not the first time Apple has been embroiled in controversy in
Apple lost a lawsuit against a Chinese state regulator over patent rights to voice recognition software such as the iPhone's "Siri" just this week.
And in 2012, the US firm paid
The privacy scare also reflects mutual distrust between the US and
Most Popular Stories
- National Retail Federation Reduces Sales Forecast
- Hispanic Leader Goes the Extra Mile
- Xavier Gutierrez Appointed to Bank Board
- Long-term Strengths Emerge in U.S. Economy
- Honda' s Accord Plug-in Hybrid Is a Fuel Miser
- Morgan Stanley Ponies Up $275 Million to Settle SEC Charges
- Weekly Jobless Claims Drop to Lowest Level in 8 Years
- Stop-Start Engines Save Gas, Reduce Emissions
- Naya Rivera and Ryan Dorsey Are Married
- Menendez: No Arms for Iraq Without Intel