China decides to call iPhone's location tracking feature a 'national security concern'

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The government controlled China Central Television network has called the location tracking feature on the iPhone, using iOS 7, a 'national security concern', claiming that people who might access that data could discover "state secrets".

The claims, which were made earlier today, could represent the first salvo in a state-run campaign against Apple and the iPhone, which currently has just eight percent of the smartphone market share in that country. The statements added that Apple would have to "take on any legal responsibilities" if leaks from the location tracking feature cause harm.

This is not the first time the state-run media in China has been openly critical of Apple. In 2013, it claimed Chinese iPhone owners were not getting the same treatment, compared to other countries, in terms of its warranty and repair policies. The criticism generated a rare apology from Apple CEO Tim Cook, who promised changes to the company's policies in China.

What do you think of these latest attack on Apple by the Chinese government?

Source: Wall Street Journal

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Simple they are full of shit. Not surprising from a state run institution. Apple is having a larger, major influence in China now so expect attacks. The only security risk iPhone poses is giving citizens the capacity to let the world know that a family member is being tortured. Security risk my @$$.

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The solution is simple: Destroy China's secrets! If their secrets are ruined and/or brought to light, then they no longer have anything to fear! :D

From a purely business perspective, Apple has a pretty big investment in China. Although today they have a relatively small share of the overall market, the potential is too big to ignore. The other business factor is their suppliers and partners for assembly of the iPhone and iPad are almost all in mainland China (I am pretty sure some are in Taiwan also). They would have to come up with some pretty significant alternatives if they decided to play hard ball, and by that I mean pull out of manufacturing in China. That is Apple's leverage in any negotiations because that is revenue that the China based companies (like Foxconn) would lose, and thus would not flow up into the government pockets.