SKorea fines Apple over information collection

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) ? South Korea’s communications regulator is fining Apple Inc.’s local operation 3 million won ($2,830) for what it says is the illegal collection of iPhone user location information.

The Korea Communications Commission announced Wednesday in a statement it has ordered Apple Korea to pay the fine for violating the country’s location information laws.

The issue is related to revelations in the U.S. in April that iPhones were storing the locations of nearby cellphone towers and Wi-Fi hot spots for up to a year. Such data can be used to create a rough map of the device owner’s movements.

Apple spokesman Steve Park in Seoul said that Apple has never tracked the location of iPhones and has no plans to ever do so.