Soon, iPhone Users In US Will Automatically Share Location Data With 911

Soon, iPhone Users In US Will Automatically Share Location Data With 911

Apple is working with a startup called RapidSOS, which specializes in sharing a cell phone's location information to the major programs used by the 6,300 emergency responsedepartments across the US.

Only the responding 911 centre will have access to the user's location during an emergency call.

What Apple and RapidSOS are doing is essentially providing the aging service with a crutch so that it can continue doing its job. "When every moment counts, these tools will help first responders reach our customers when they most need assistance". Again, however, this is dependent per country, on condition that the endpoint to receive such data has been built by the mobile network operator or emergency infrastructure provider.

Available to all American users, the service improves on Apple's existing Hybridized Emergency Location (HELO). Specifically, the update coming in iOS 12 later this year will be able to calculate a caller's location from data collected from Wi-Fi access points, nearby cellular towers and Global Positioning System.

Former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said "lives will be saved". According to them, the experts have managed to crack fresh security feature from Apple that appeared in the beta version of the latest operating system iOS 12.


Apple stressed that the data could only be used for emergency purposes and the 911 center's access to user locations will be restricted to the duration of 911 calls. The good news is that it will only do so in emergency situations such as during a 911 call.

The emergency locator will exceed the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's 2021 requirements requiring carriers to locate callers to within 165 feet at 80 percent efficiency. The iPhone maker is now planning to use another system made by an emergency technology firm called RapidSOS to make things even faster.

The feature is created to give first responders faster and more accurate information, helping to reduce the time it takes for emergency services to arrive.

The case could impact the multibillion-dollar app ecosystem, and efforts by companies like Apple to establish a so-called "walled garden" for software on their devices.

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