Apple Denies Tracking iPhone Users


Company says it is recording Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers, not personal information.

Apple denied on Wednesday that it is tracking the location of iPhone owners, addressing recent concerns. "Apple has never done so and has no plans to ever do so," the company said in a Q&A posted online.

The Apple response explains: "
The iPhone is not logging your location. Rather, it's maintaining a database of Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers around your current location, some of which may be located more than one hundred miles away from your iPhone, to help your iPhone rapidly and accurately calculate its location when requested."

The company said the reason that iPhone stores so much location data is a bug that would be "fixed shortly."

The complete Apple response can be found here.