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Apple Updates iPhones To Address Privacy Concerns

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is updating the iPhone to reduce the amount of time the device stores information about its users’ whereabouts.

The software released Wednesday follows through on Apple’s recent promise to revise a feature that logged iPhone users’ movements for up to a year. Apple says the location data won’t be kept for more than a week after the changes to the iPhone’s operating system are installed.

Apple Inc. faced a backlash from privacy watchdogs and some indignant iPhone owners after researchers showed how the surveillance technology could be abused at conference last week.

Apple, the world’s most valuable technology company, denied it was spying on iPhone users. But it acknowledged a software bug could cause potential privacy problems, prompting the latest tweaks to the iPhone’s operating system.

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