Reprinted from www.corpwatch.org
Apple has agreed to allow the Chinese government run security audits
on the new iPhone to prove that there is no back door access for the
U.S. government. However, activists say that this agreement could have
the opposite effect, allowing China to broaden spying on its own people.
"Handing over source code [would] mean that the Chinese government
will know exactly how ... Apple software works," said Percy Alpha, the
founder of the anti-censorship group GreatFire.org. "Apple users world-wide are much more vulnerable to spying from the Chinese government."
For its part, Apple maintains that it does not cooperate with any
government. "Unlike our competitors, Apple cannot bypass your passcode
and therefore cannot access this data," the company claims. "So it's not technically feasible for us to respond to government warrants for the extraction of this data from devices in their possession running iOS 8."
- Advertisement -
Indeed James Comey, the director of the U.S. Federal Bureau of
Investigation, recently complained that the government was worried that
Apple's latest software update was too secure. "What concerns me about
this is companies marketing something expressly to allow people to place themselves beyond the law," Comey told reporters last September.
But despite Apple's assurances of privacy for its users, the
question remains as whether it is a match for the Chinese government,
which is believed to have one of the world's most sophisticated
government systems for Internet censorship and surveillance,
collectively known as the Great Firewall.
Next Page 1 | 2
CorpWatch: Non-profit investigative research and journalism to expose
corporate malfeasance and to advocate for multinational corporate
accountability and transparency. We work to foster global justice,
independent media activism and democratic control over corporations.
We seek to expose multinational corporations that profit from war,
fraud, environmental, human rights and other abuses, and to provide
critical information to foster a more informed public and an effective
Our guiding vision is to promote human, environmental, social and worker rights at the
local, national and global levels by making corporate practices more
transparent and holding corporations accountable for their actions.
independent investigative researchers and journalists, we provide critical information
to foster a more informed public and an effective democracy.
We believe the actions, decisions, and policies undertaken and
pursued by private corporations have very real impact on public life --
from individuals to communities around the world. Yet few mechanisms
currently exist to hold them accountable for those actions. As a result,
it falls to the public sphere to protect the public interest.
In many cases, corporate power and influence eclipses even the democratic
process itself as they exert disproportional influence on public policy
they deem detrimental to their narrow self-interests. In less developed
nations, they usurp authority altogether, often purchasing government
complicity for unfair practices at the expense of economic,
environmental, human, labor and social rights.
Yet despite the
very public impact of their actions and decisions, corporations remain
bound to be accountable solely to their own private financial
considerations and the interests of their shareholders. They have little
incentive, nor requirement, for public transparency regarding their
decisions and practices, let alone concrete accountability for their
|The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author
and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.