China brands the iPhone a security risk

China state television has issued an iPhone warning

A Chinese national broadcaster has declared the Apple iPhone a grave security concern.

The state-run China Central Television said that a ‘frequent locations’ setting in the iO7 mobile operating system could be used to trace Chinese people and could expose state secrets and information.

The broadcast, which we have not been able to see, is covered by the Wall Street Journal. The article says security researchers have issued alerts about the feature and government official have reacted by saying that any issues caused by this will be Apple’s responsibility.

V3 asked Apple if it would like to comment on the report and its suggestions. So far it has not.

The Chinese government has made a number of moves to distance itself and its citizens from overseas hardware and software, and has already issued guidance against using Microsoft Windows.

Microsoft told V3 in May that it was “surprised to learn” about the notice issued by the Chinese government.

“Microsoft has been working proactively with the Central Government Procurement Center and other government agencies through the evaluation process to ensure that our products and services meet all government procurement requirements,” it said at the time.

The Windows alert came at a testing time for Chinese/US relations, and followed the announcement that the US wanted to charge five Chinese state officials with spying.

US attorney general Eric Holder said: “This is a case alleging economic espionage by members of the Chinese military and represents the first ever charges against a state actor for this type of hacking.

“The range of trade secrets and other sensitive business information stolen in this case is significant and demands an aggressive response.”

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