After Google, Apple leaving China for this?
Apple may have said that it opposes the idea of weakening encryption and providing governments with backdoors into products, but things are rather different in China. The Chinese parliament has just passed a law that requires technology companies to comply with government requests for information, including handing over encryption keys.
Under the guise of counter-terrorism, the controversial law is the Chinese government’s attempt to curtail the activities of militants and political activists. China already faces criticism from around the world not only for the infamous Great Firewall of China, but also the blatant online surveillance and censorship that takes place. This latest move is one that will be view very suspiciously by foreign companies operating within China, or looking to do so. But, it seems to me that China doesn’t need to confront Apple… or Google for that matter. They control the network. China can just continue to “encourage” their citizens to use state-friendly social media platforms, and continue to make it hard-to-impossible to use non-Chinese alternatives like Twitter, Whatsapp, or iMessage. Experts have worries.
If Apple made their telephone NOT with Foxconn or in China, what would happen with Apples commercial viability? Would other governments not ask the same? The question stays the same:
Is Apple making the world a better place? Or Google?