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Pro-Apple protest against FBI in New York

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New York: A group of protesters assembled outside Apple’s flagship store because of  FBI’s attempt to install software with backdoors in all of Apple’s iPhones.

With posters saying “Don’t break our phones” and displaying cell phone images saying “No entry” in hands, the high-spirited protesters faced damp rain and bitter wind outside the Fifth Avenue Apple Store,  according to Xinhua news agency.

Jeff Lyon, the chief technical officer said, “We are standing in solidarity with Apple and their decision to oppose the FBI’s scheme to put backdoors to the iPhones”.

The protest occurred against the background of a major argument between the country’s law enforcement agencies and Apple over its security measures on iPhones.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a cue last Friday to force Apple to comply with a court order to help the Federal Bureau of Investigation to access data on an iPhone owned by the terrorist shooter of San Bernadino, California.

Syed Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik used an IPhone 5C. But FBI couldn’t access the data on the phone without a passcode.This couple shot 14 people dead in December 2015 in San Bernadino and was later killed by Police.

In response to FBI’s request, a federal judge ordered Apple to create a software that evades a security feature that erases data in the iPhone after 10 unsuccessful unlocking attempts.

“This case sets a dangerous precedent for the FBI to get a court to order Apple to push new software on all their phones that create a government backdoor,” said protester David Moore.

In a statement released last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook refused to obey with the court order, saying that “in the wrong hands, this software – which does not exist today – would have the potential to unlock any iPhone in someone’s physical possession,” which would in turn compromise the data security of all Apple’s customers.

“Once you break one phone, you break all the phones. All our phones are breakable using the same technology,” said protester Theo Chino.(IANS)

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Here’s Why iPhone 11 Pro Seems to be Sharing Location Against User Setting

"Ultra Wideband technology is an industry standard technology and is subject to international regulatory requirements that require it to be turned off in certain locations," said the statement

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iPhones will require an iOS update to maintain accurate GPS location and to continue to use functions that rely on correct date and time, including App Store, iCloud, email, and web browsing. Pixabay

Dismissing reports that iPhone 11 Pro continuously collects and transmits its users location data even when the user has blocked it from doing so, Apple has said that the confusion arose because of its ultra wideband technology.

In a blog and an accompanying video, security journalist Brian Krebs this week demonstrated a potential privacy leak in the new iPhone line that appeared to continue to collect GPS data for certain apps and system services despite manual disablement of individual Location Services in iPhone Settings.

Responding to the claim, Apple said that the location beaconing Krebs documented in a video was related to ultra wideband technology that “provides spatial awareness allowing iPhone to understand its position relative to other ultra wideband enabled devices (i.e. all new iPhone 11s, including the Pro and Pro Max).”

Ultra wideband is a radio technology that uses a very low energy level for short-range, high-bandwidth communications of a large portion of the radio spectrum without interfering with more conventional transmissions, krebsonsecurity.com reported on Thursday.

“So users can do things like share a file with someone using AirDrop simply by pointing at another user’s iPhone,” Apple was quoted as saying in the statement.

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iPhones are on display at an Apple store in Prince William Country, Virginia. (Photo: Diaa Bekheet) VOA

Krebs said he found the behaviour of the device at odds with Apple’s own privacy policy and with its recent commercials stating that customers should be in full control over what they share via their phones and what their phones share about them.

Apple explained that the location information indicator appears because the device periodically checks to see whether it is being used in a handful of countries for which Apple has not yet received approval to deploy ultra wideband.

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“Ultra Wideband technology is an industry standard technology and is subject to international regulatory requirements that require it to be turned off in certain locations,” said the statement.

“iOS uses Location Services to help determine if iPhone is in these prohibited locations in order to disable Ultra Wideband and comply with regulations. The management of Ultrawide Band compliance and its use of location data is done entirely on the device and Apple is not collecting user location data,” it added. (IANS)