“Apple has refused demands by China to hand over source code, the company’s attorney said,” Zack Whittaker reports for ZDNet. “Bruce Sewell, the company’s general counsel, rebuffed claims at a congressional hearing on Tuesday that the company had cooperated with Beijing.”

“Capt. Charles Cohen, a commander in the Indiana State Police, repeated the claim but later attributed the statement to ‘news stories’ when pushed by Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA, 18th),” Whittaker reports. “It’s not the first time Apple has fought against allegations it helped China, where Western and domestic companies often have to comply with overreaching surveillance demands. Last month, Sewell said on a media call that the Justice Dept.’s claims that it helped China gain access to iCloud data on its citizens, which by law has to be stored inside the country, were ‘ridiculous.'”

“Apple also branded some of the specific allegations as ‘ridiculous,’ referring to where the Justice Dept. said in its filing that Apple ‘made special accommodations in China,'” Whittaker reports. “He added that though the company had ‘absolutely not’ been asked or compelled to build a backdoor in any country, except the US.”

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MacDailyNews Take: So, not even China would think of asking what the U.S. asked for- a backdoor. That’s rather instructive.

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