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South Korea probes Apple regarding iPhone location tracking

News by Dan Seifert on Monday April 25, 2011.

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South Korea's communications regulator is investigating Apple regarding the recent news that the iPhone has been tracking users' locations since iOS 4 was released last summer. The regulator wants to determine if the company is breaking the law with regards to personal data.

The Korean Communications Commission questioned Apple regarding how often the location information is tracked and saved and if users have an option to disable the tracking if need be. Apple has to reveal the reason behind why such data is stored and if it is anywhere on the company's servers.

Korea joins France, Germany, and Italy, as well as U.S. senators, in questioning Apple's reasons for tracking users locations. It was revealed in a study last week that the iPhone stores location coordinates along with time data in a file on the phone itself. Korea's Communications Commission claimed that it was also using this opportunity to study how to better protect users' information and privacy. [via Bloomberg]

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