- Police warn of privacy concerns with iPhone’s new “NameDrop” feature.
- NameDrop is automatically turned on for users who have downloaded the iOS 17.1 update.
- Apple has not made a statement about this feature or the privacy concerns it poses.
Local police have issued a warning to residents about a new feature available on the latest iPhone update, which could potentially intrude on people’s privacy.
The feature, called “NameDrop,” allows iPhone and Apple Watch users to quickly share information with each other. It is available to anyone who has downloaded the iOS 17.1 update. However, police departments across the country have warned that this feature can lead to users unintentionally sharing their contact information with strangers.
NameDrop is automatically turned on for users who have downloaded this update. For those who want to turn this feature off, they can go to the iPhone or Apple Watch’s settings, click “General,” then “AirDrop,” and finally switch “Bringing Devices Together” off.
“Don’t forget to change these settings after the update on your children’s phones as well,” a statement from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office said.
Apple has not made a statement about this feature or the privacy concerns that it poses. Most recently, Apple is one of several companies that suspended their ad campaigns on the social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter.
Apple’s latest iPhone update, iOS 17.1, introduced the “NameDrop” feature, which has stirred up privacy concerns. Local police departments warn about the potential intrusion of this feature, as it automatically shares users’ contact information with strangers.
Apple’s silence on this issue is deafening, and it raises questions about their commitment to users’ privacy. When tech giants like Apple push updates without considering the consequences, it’s the users who suffer.
It’s time for Apple to address these concerns and prioritize privacy over convenience.
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