iPhone tracking user location even when settings turned off
Your iPhone could still be tracking your location even when individual settings are turned off, a new security report has warned.
However, security researcher Brian Krebs found some system services for the iPhone 11 Pro – and possibly other iPhone 11 models running iOS 13 – continued to provide data to Apple even when disabled.
He claims the small diagonal upward arrow to the left of the battery icon, which indicates location-based services are running, kept periodically appearing even after all system services that use location were disabled.
Apple's own support forum is also littered complaints from iPhone customers experiencing the same issue.
"My phone kept showing me the location tracking icon in the status bar, but the privacy settings do not show any apps actively tracking my location," one user wrote.
The security expert reported the possible privacy bug to Apple, providing evidence "the device still seeks the user's location when each app and system service is set to 'never' request location information".
An Apple engineer told the researcher the company does "not see any actual security implications" related to the flagship handsets intermittently collecting location information.
"It is expected behaviour that the Location Services icon appears in the status bar when Location Services is enabled. The icon appears for system services that do not have a switch in Settings," he explained.
Nine.com.au has contacted Apple for comment.