China: iPhone Is Threat to National Security
Beijing worried about state secrets being stolen
By Jenn Gidman, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 11, 2014 3:48 PM CDT
A man uses his Apple iPhone on a street in Beijing.   (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

(Newser) – China is lashing out at Apple, claiming that the iPhone is a danger to national security because of its ability to track and record user's whereabouts, reports Reuters. A researcher who appeared on today’s CCTV state media broadcast lambasted the tech giant, saying that if China’s “extremely sensitive data” were somehow accessed through the smartphone’s “Frequent Locations” function, it could expose the country’s economic data and (wait for it) “even state secrets.” The iPhone outcry is just the latest development in what have been mostly strained relations of late between the US and China (click here and here for other recent examples).

But Apple may not be able to afford to simply shrug off China’s suspicions: The company holds only a 6% share of the Chinese smartphone market, reports the Wall Street Journal—and Apple CEO Tim Cook issued a public apology last year after CCTV accused the company of discriminating against Chinese customers on warranties. In the past, China has called for "severe punishment" for Apple, says Reuters. Still, the company shouldn’t take it too personally. Other US-based tech companies have also incurred China’s wrath—including Google, Microsoft, and IBM—but the country sends one more dig Cupertino’s way: It also thinks Apple has poor customer service. Apple hasn't commented yet on the accusations.

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Jul 12, 2014 3:51 PM CDT
I already know iPhone is a treat. That's why I never buy Crappy isheep products. IPhone are such boring phones. Best smartphone are windows phone 8.1 it so modern and secure with no problems. It so fast & fluid. Compare to laggy Android phones
Jul 12, 2014 7:49 AM CDT
According to some Google is a front for NSA and I wouldn't dream about security on Android. Kernel on all major distros has been compromised. Both Debian and Red Hat collaborated with NSA. The only way to stay secure is to compile your own kernel.
Jul 12, 2014 7:41 AM CDT
Of course, phones are a threat since they're ultra small computers capable of being hacked and any nation that doesn't try to steal secrets and technology in our modern world is naïve. Information is out there for all to see, providing they have the time, which is why we have computer programs to look for us and grab anything interesting. Look around you at all the info we freely give out every day on Facebook and Tweeter and goodness knows how many others and then we worry about our privacy? How stupid are we? Want a job and your employer will be online looking for you before hiring.