After being sued over allegations that its location-based services pose a risk of privacy invasion and stalking to its customers, Apple said Wednesday that it does not track the location of an iPhone.
In a Q&A available on its website, Apple said it has never” tracked the location of a consumers iPhone and has no plans to ever do so.”
The consumer-electronics giant clarified that a customers iPhone keeps a database of Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers around your current location, some of which may be located more than one hundred miles away from your iPhone, to help your iPhone rapidly and accurately calculate its location when requested.”
The Cupertino, Calif.-based company said it cannot locate an iPhone customer based on the Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower data.
This data is sent to Apple in an anonymous and encrypted form,” said the company, which sold 18.65 million iPhones in its most recent fiscal quarter. Apple cannot identify the source of this data.”
A class-action lawsuit filed in Florida District Court alleges that Apple collects location information covertly, surreptitiously, and in violations of law,” PC Magazine reported.
The named plaintiffs, Vikram Ajjampur of Florida and William Devito of New York, claim that Apples location-based services in the iOS 4 platform pose a risk of privacy invasion and stalking.
Apple said it takes privacy and security seriously.
For example, iPhone was the first to ask users to give their permission for each and every app that wanted to use location,” the company said. Apple will continue to be one of the leaders in strengthening personal information security and privacy.”