iPhone 11 Pro collects ‘mystery’ location data even if you turn it off

A security researcher noticed that the iPhone 11 Pro intermittently collects location data even when the user has blocked it.

The new Apple iPhone 11 Pro is collecting mysterious location data from its users even when the Location Services are turned off for all apps and features. However, the issue does not seem to affect any previous models of the smartphone or other devices using iOS 13. “One of the more curious behaviors of Apple’s new iPhone 11 Pro is that it intermittently seeks the user’s location information even when all applications and system services on the phone are individually set to never request this data,” Security researcher Brian Krebs writes in a blog post.

iPhone 11 Pro collects'mystery' location data even if you turn it off
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iPhone users can easily block all location services completely by turning off the handset’s location services with one swipe from settings i.e. Settings > Privacy > Location Services, and then and then switch the ‘Location Services off’. However, you will have to toggle off every single app.

However, it is important to note that the issue occurs only when you disable the location services individually for each app, and not via the Master Setting. Krebs even posted a video on YouTube in which he has demonstrated the concern:

Apple said there are some system services where iPhone users don’t get an option of whether or not data is collected. Moreover, an Apple engineer in response to KrebsOnSecurity wrote: “We do not see any actual security implications, it is expected behavior that the Location Services icon appears in the status bar when Location Services is enabled. The icon appears for system services that do not have a switch in Settings.”


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