Apple to allow Chinese government to conduct security audits on its devices

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Apple to allow Chinese government to conduct security audits on its devices

  • 2015-02-13 12:58:25
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News / Mobile phones Apple to allow Chinese government to conduct security audits on its devices

According to reports from Chinese media, Apple will allow the Chinese government to run security audits on its iOS and Mac devices that it sells in China. The Cupertino company is, apparently, allowing this security audit because the Chinese government is worried that Apple might have included a backdoor in its devices and software for the U.S. government to take advantage of. 

Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, gave the permission to China’s State Internet Information Office to carry out security audits on its devices in December 2014, when office director Lu Wei came to the USA to meet him. During their meeting, Cook reiterated that Apple does not provide any backdoor access to third parties or governments, but still decided to cooperate with the Chinese government who wanted to run security audits on their products and services sold in China.

China has become one of Apple’s biggest markets, but the country needs assurances that Apple devices like the iPhone and iPad protect the security and privacy of their users as well as maintain Chinese national security, Lu told Cook, according to an anonymous source cited by the Beijing News.

Lu said that the Chinese government wanted to conduct its own test and come to an independent conclusion for the assurance of Chinese consumers.

Apple clearly lists under the Privacy section of its website that it does not work with government or other security agencies to create a back door in its products and services. It also confirms that it has never allowed any government to access their services and never will.

[Source ItWorld; Via Business Insider]

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