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Apple Maps Bug Likely Allowed Apps to Collect Location Data • iPhone in Canada Blog

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recently released iOS 16.3 Fixed a security bug in Apple Maps that could allow some apps to collect user location data without permission. 9to5Mac report.

Last week Apple released iOS 16.3 and iPadOS 16.3 with many new features, including:

  • Support for physical security keys as part of two-factor authentication sign-in
  • New Unity wallpapers celebrate black history and culture in celebration of Black History Month
  • HomePod (2nd Gen) support
  • For an Emergency SOS call, you must press and hold the Side button and Volume button up or down and then release.

Although not mentioned in the release notes, iOS 16.3 also fixed a bug in Apple Maps that could have been exploited by a myriad of apps.

According to journalist Rodrigo Ghedin, the iFood Brazilian food delivery app was found to access users’ location information on iOS 16.2 even when the user denied access to all location information for the app.

A reader of Manual do Usuário (my blog in Portuguese) noticed a glitch/bug while using iOS 16.2.

iFood, Brazil’s largest food delivery app with a US$5.4 billion valuation, bypasses iOS settings that restrict apps’ access to certain phone features, allowing you to view food when not open/not in use. I was accessing his location information. Even when Reader denied access to his location outright, iFood’s app continued to access his phone’s location.

It is currently unknown how long this vulnerability has existed, as Apple has not publicly commented on the issue.

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