A security researcher found that even when the user has blocked it from doing so, the iPhone 11 Pro often intermittently collects location data.
Apple obviously admitted this, saying this is ‘ expected behavior ‘ to the research scientist.
The issue was identified by KrebsOnSecurity, made a video showing it (below) and reported to Apple. However, the iPhone maker’s response implies that some’ system services’ continue to collect location data even when the user has chosen Never for all individual system services and apps.
To be sure, it does work to completely turn off Location Services. But if you go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services and switch off each single app individually, then scroll down to System Services and also switch off all of them individually, the device will still access your location from time to time.
Apple responded by making it clear that some system services do not allow users to choose whether or not to collect data.
It is confirmed that Apple has not answered any follow-up questions. We have also contacted Apple and will update with any response. You can watch the video demo below, where Krebs shows all individual toggles are off, but when it connects to WiFi and mobile data, the iPhone accesses your location.