Apple markets its devices in a way that send a strong privacy-centric message to its customers. But now a new report suggests that Apple devices – at least the iPhone 11 Pro – might not be all that private and secure after all.

According to a report by security researcher Brian Krebs Apple’s newly launched iPhone 11 Pro intermittenly seeks users’ location data even when individual apps are set to ‘Never’ ask for this information. While this might suit the company’s privacy policy, Krebs finds it particularly odd.

Apple’s privacy policy for iPhone’s Location Services screen says — “If Location Services is on, your iPhone will periodically send the geo-tagged locations of nearby Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers (where supported by a device) in an anonymous and encrypted form to Apple, to be used for augmenting this crowd-sourced database of Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower locations.”

Simply put, even if all your apps are set never to location data, but the Location Services feature on your iPhone is turned on, some apps will seek your location data time to time and share them with the nearby cell towers. The only way for you to prevent this from happening completely is by disabling the Location Services completely.Read More..