Edward Snowden and Anatoly Kucherena claim Apple iPhone tracks your every move and transmits all this information without your consent.
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has become a controversial figure as of late, he seems to appear every once in a while to reveal some new information that cannot be substantiated. But his latest claim is more than likely true, he says that your Apple iPhone tracks your every move and transmits all this information without your consent.
Snowden’s Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena said: “Edward never uses an iPhone; he’s got a simple phone. The iPhone has special software that can activate itself without the owner having to press a button and gather information about him; that’s why on security grounds he refused to have this phone.”
This has led to most intelligence agencies not using Apples products, but ultimately it is an invaluable tool in surveillance as it records every place you visit, every number you use and everything you search. You iPhone is effectively an all access pass to your life for surveillance agencies.
This is shocking. Every place you go, where you shop, where you have a drink – it is all recorded via your iPhone.
Professor Noel Sharkey, a computing expert said: “This is shocking. Every place you go, where you shop, where you have a drink – it is all recorded. This is a divorce lawyer’s dream. But what horrifies me is that it’s so secret. Why did we not know about this?”
Unfortunately there is no way to stop this function, even by deleting your ‘Frequent Locations’ history and stopping the phone from logging more Apple will still collect the data. All it really does is stop you being able to view your own location history, as your phone will not store that information.
Forensic scientist Jonathan Zdziarski was one of the first men to make similar claims, stating that Apple have created backdoors into your iPhone that can be exploited. He did not say that Apple has worked with the government but that this vulnerability has more than likely been exploited by the NSA.
Snowden leaked documents from the Government Communications Headquarters (Britain’s NSA equivalent) showed that the agency has used iPhone unique device identifier numbers to track users in the past. What do you think do you trust Apple?