A KrebsOnSecurity security analyst recently noticed that your iPhone 11 was collecting your location data even when the option was off. disabled. After contacting Apple, what was your astonishment when the company said this was normal behavior.
This behavior that appeared to be an anomaly was documented in the video below and later sent to Apple. . Here we can see the user and deny access to their location in various applications, but without practical effects.
Apple confirms that some services continue to access your location data
In Apple’s response to the KrebsOnSecurity video, the technology company points out that “some services” continue to access our location data. This is even after users deny such access.
As the source points out, these statements run counter to Apple’s own policies. In this document we read that users “ … can also disable location-based system services in System Services and disabling each location-based system service. ”
The solution is to turn off Location completely
If you turn off Location in your iPhone settings, there is no way for services have access to this data. However, if you make use of the ability to bar this access to only certain applications, you may not actually be doing so.
This is true, for example, if you want the Maps application have access to your location and not others. As Apple admits, all other applications may still know where you are.