Apple Agrees To Let The Chinese Government Inspect iPhones Over Security Fears – Silicon Alley

Apple has agreed to let the Chinese government inspect iPhones, Macs, and iPads, over fears of backdoor government surveillance, IT World reports. Apple has always vehemently denied giving the US government — or any other body — covert access to its products. "I want to be absolutely clear that we have never worked with any government agency from any country to create a backdoor in any of our products or services," CEO Tim Cook writes. "We have also never allowed access to our servers. And we never will." Nonetheless, rumours have persisted that Apple and the US government collude to track users. The Telegraph reports that the Chinese state media has previously called for "severe punishment" of the Cupertino company over allegations that it shares user data with government spooks. Apple has now reportedly bowed to this pressure, and agreed to allow China's State Internet Information Office to carry out "security audits" on its products sold in China to assuage surveillance...

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