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If you're anxious about privacy, Apple reassures that only the responding 911 center will have access to your location, and that your information can't be used for non-emergency purposes.

Apple is rolling out a new feature in its next iPhone software update to send emergency responders instant, precise location information in the US.

Apple launched the Hybridized Emergency Location (HELO) service in 2015 to plug this gap.

"Communities rely on 911 centres in an emergency, and we believe they should have the best available technology at their disposal", said Apple CEO Tim Cook.

So fear not, privacy-conscious users: Apple won't be sending your phone's full slate of data to an emergency response team. Location info from a 911 call made on an iPhone with iOS 12 will be delivered via this supplemental path by default.

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iPhones will automatically send your location data to emergency call centers. Though 80% of emergency calls come from mobile phones, according to Apple, landline-based infrastructure can make it hard for 911 centers to quickly identify a caller's location. 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. Apparently, once iOS 12 arrives, Apple will be able to share a user's exact location. Furthermore, this feature can not be accessed for non-emergency calls.

The current 911 system in the United States was created at a time when most folks used landlines, making it easier for call operators to pinpoint locations.

The update is part of a partnership with RapidSOS, a technology company founded to make it easier for first responders to reach people in an emergency.

Two former FCC heads -Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman from 2013 to 2017, and Dennis Patrick, FCC Chairman from 1987 to 1989- have applauded Apple's move. The new technology comes ahead of a Federal Communications Commission rule that requires phone carriers be able to locate emergency callers within 50 meters at least 80 percent of the time by 2021.


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