Chinese government-run broadcaster, CCTV, reported on Friday that the iPhone poses a security threat, due to location tracking. Apple has since responded, contending the claims were false and misleading.

China Daily, the official English-language newspaper, today published a report saying, in effect, that’s nonsense. If there’s a problem with the iPhone, then there’s a problem with all smartphones, reports China Daily, citing Bryan Wang, China head of Forrester Research (FORR). ”The tracking location features is [sic] almost standard across all major smart phone platforms globally,” said Wang in the story.

“Apple does not track users’ locations – Apple has never done so and has no plans to ever do so,” said the Apple statement. The company says it does not intend to store the location information of its users.

Apple clarified its use for location services, stating that the devices determine an iPhone user’s whereabouts solely to enhance the consumer experience.

“Our customers want and expect their mobile devices to be able to quickly and reliably determine their current locations for specific activities such as shopping, travel, finding the nearest restaurant or calculating the amount of time it takes them to get to work. We do this at the device level,” said Apple.

The tracking function is used to speed up applications designed to show iPhone users their own location or assist in driving directions to avoid traffic. It can be turned off, Apple said in its statement. Personal location information is stored only on the phone, protected by a user password, and isn’t available to third parties, the company said.

“We appreciate CCTV’s effort to help educate customers on a topic we think is very important,” the company said in the statement, according to an English translation provided by Apple. “We want to make sure all of our customers in China are clear about what we do and we don’t do when it comes to privacy and your personal data.”

Google services have been disrupted in China for over a month, while the central government procurement office has banned new government computers from using Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system.

Other US hardware firms such as Cisco Systems and IBM have experienced a backlash in China from what analysts and companies have termed the ‘Snowden Effect’, after US spying revelations released last year by former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.