Does iOS 17 change privacy settings on iPhones after update? Apple is reportedly investigating user claims

iOS 17 was rolled out to users globally last week, bringing notable changes to Apple’s operating system recently iPhone models. However, the Cupertino company is reportedly investigating claims from users that the update to iOS 17 resets some of the privacy settings at the operating system level. According to security researchers, the two settings on iOS 17 that are claimed to be affected by the update could affect users’ privacy as they contain information about a user’s location.

Apple confirmed to 9to5Mac that it was investigating an issue flagged by two cybersecurity researchers known as Mysk on X (formerly Twitter) related to the iOS 17 update. According to Mysk, some users have reported that the iOS 17 update enables the Significant Locations and iPhone Analytics setting in the Settings app when they were previously turned on iOS 16.

In a post on X, Mysk explained that both Significant Locations and iPhone Analytics keep a record of a user’s location information. The former is stored on a user’s smartphone and synced between devices using end-to-end encryption, meaning Apple can’t access the information. iPhone Analytics, on the other hand, creates analytics reports that are shared with Apple that could contain location information, even if it is anonymized.

Aside from some users responding to Mysk’s post on X saying the settings were enabled on their iPhone, Gadgets 360 was able to confirm that both settings, previously disabled on iOS 16, appear to have been activated after the update to iOS 17.

It’s worth noting that both of these settings can be manually disabled again by opening the iOS Settings app and tapping Privacy and security > Location Services > System Services > Turn off Significant places and iPhone Analytics.

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