IPHONE owners have reportedly been warned about a suspected bug in iOS 17 that resets their privacy settings without permission.
Apple has said it is investigating the claims.
Two iOS developers and security researchers with a common name Mysk on
Having these switches enabled is just a default setting, but somehow the settings were reset after installing Apple’s new iOS 17 update.
Apple confirmed to 9to5Mac that these settings should not change after updating to iOS 17.
While this may sound worrying, most iOS 17 users are not affected by it.
Important locations are also end-to-end encrypted and cannot be read by anyone – not even Apple, according to the company.
The location feature is used to keep track of recently visited places to better predict traffic, app recommendations, and reminders in the Photos app.
Despite this, Mysk warned: “If you disabled key locations and added your location information to your iPhone analytics before upgrading to iOS 17, iOS 17 will enable the options as shown in the screenshot.
“While important places remain local to your iPhone, they can be abused because they record detailed information about the places you frequently visit.
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“iPhone analytics, on the other hand, are shared with Apple.
“Including your location information in these analytics reports may have privacy implications, even if you are not identified in the reports.
“Security experts have always advised turning off these two options.”
To follow safety instructions, open your iPhone Settings > Privacy & Security > Location Services > System service > turn it off.
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