NYT: Apple Kowtows to China in the Name of Profit

In a recent short article, the New York Times describes the compromises that tech giant Apple has made in China to access to the flourishing market, consisting of storing data on state-owned servers and censoring apps that the Chinese federal government disagrees with.

In an article titled “Censorship, Monitoring and Profits: A Tough Bargain for Apple in China,” the New York City Timesdescribes the various concessions Apple has chosen to make to the Chinese government in exchange for being allowed to operate in the communist nation.

Apple has long been an advocate for user privacy, making it a crucial element of the business’s philosophy. However, according to the Times, Apple seems rather happy to leave its user’s individual information easily available by the Chinese government.

The Times reports:

Inside, Apple was preparing to save the individual information of its Chinese clients on computer system servers run by a state-owned Chinese firm.

Tim Cook, Apple’s president, has stated the information is safe. But at the data center in Guiyang, which Apple hoped would be finished by next month, and another in the Inner Mongolia region, Apple has mostly ceded control to the Chinese government.

Chinese state workers physically handle the computers. Apple abandoned the file encryption innovation it used in other places after China would not permit it. And the digital secrets that unlock details on those computer systems are saved in the information centers they’re indicated to protect.

The Times likewise declares that while U.S. guidelines forbid Apple from handing data over to Chinese authorities, saving user information on regional Chinese storage produces a loophole permitting it. A Chinese firm named Guizhou-Cloud Big Data (GCBD), is in fact the legal ownerof Apple iCloud customer data in China. Due to this, Chinese authorities can demand access to data from GCBD rather than Apple.

Given that 2017, around 55,000 apps have been eliminated from the Apple App Store in China, according to data supplied by Sensor Tower. A few of the apps consisted of foreign news outlets, encrypted messaging apps, gay dating services, and VPNs allowing users to bypass China’s strict internet limitations.

Apple stated it authorized 91 percent of takedown requests, or around 1,217 apps, from the Chinese federal government in a two-year duration ending in June 2020. In a declaration to the NYT, Apple sad: “We have never ever jeopardized the security of our users or their information in China or anywhere we run.”

Apple likewise kept in mind that it only removes apps to abide by Chinese regulations, specifying: “These choices are not always easy, and we might not agree with the laws that form them, but our concern stays developing the best user experience without violating the guidelines we are obligated to follow.”

Read more at the New York City Times here.

Lucas Nolan is a press reporter for Breitbart News covering issues of free speech and online censorship. Follow him on Twitter @LucasNolanor contact via secure email at the address lucasnolan@protonmail.com!.?.!

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