“US president Barack Obama was sharply critical of China’s newest security demands for foreign companies this week, saying that plans to ‘snoop and keep track’ of users of US-made technology were unacceptable,” Heather Timmons writes for Quartz. “Chinese officials are ‘going to have to change if they are to do business with the United States,’ he said in an interview with Reuters.”
“But Obama’s remarks completely ignore the fact that the most prominent and profitable technology company in the world has reportedly already agreed to China’s demands. Apple fully accepted China’s new cyber-security rules in January, according to Chinese state media,” Timmons writes. “Analysts told Quartz they believe the company is giving China access to the underlying source code for the iPhone and other devices and services, which could potentially allow Chinese officials to spy on users inside and outside of China. Last summer, Apple started storing China’s iPhone users’ data in China, breaking with other major tech companies who had concerns that such a move could enable the government to surveil users.”
Timmons writes, “Apple’s capitulation to China’s demands weakens Obama’s position, and makes life even more difficult for other US tech companies, analysts say.”
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MacDailyNews Take: We’d like to see proof of these accusations against Apple from sources a bit more credible than “Chinese state media” and “analysts.” Until then, this shit has “hit piece” written all over it.
Furthermore, forget Apple, Obama’s position couldn’t be much weaker:
• Obama administration demands master encryption keys from firms in order to conduct electronic surveillance against Internet users – July 24, 2013
• FBI blasts Apple for protective users’ privacy by locking government, police out of iPhones and iPads – September 25, 2014
• Short-timer U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder blasts Apple for protecting users’ privacy against government overreach – September 30, 2014
Obama criticizes China’s demands for U.S. tech firms to hand over encryption keys, install backdoors – March 3, 2015
Apple agrees to subject products to Chinese government security inspections – January 22, 2015
FBI blasts Apple for protective users’ privacy by locking government, police out of iPhones and iPads – September 25, 2014
Apple will no longer unlock most iPhones, iPads for government, police – even with search warrants – September 18, 2014
Obama administration demands master encryption keys from firms in order to conduct electronic surveillance against Internet users – July 24, 2013